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Allegri, Ronaldo unhappy over result against Parma

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Juventus’ Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri (R) talks to Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Parma on February 2, 2019 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo were annoyed after Juventus surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Parma on Saturday.

Gervinho struck deep into stoppage time to complete the turnaround, his double and Antonino Barilla’s goal cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo’s double and one from Daniele Rugani.

The result saw Juve’s lead at the top of Serie A cut to nine points, capping a disappointing week in which Allegri’s men also were beaten 3-0 by Atalanta in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

And the head coach lamented the fact his team failed to get the basics right in order to see the game out, with Mario Mandzukic guilty of taking liberties in a risky area at the death.

“It was the first time this back four had played together and we didn’t help the centre-backs, always leaving them in one-on-one situations,” Allegri told DAZN, having given Leonardo Spinazzola a start along with new loan signing Martin Caceres.

“We lowered our guard after going 3-1 up and then again on the final ball for the equaliser. You cannot play with that attitude in the 93rd minute with the ball at the corner flag.

“It was conceptually the wrong thing to try to keep that in play. Just kick it out.”

While the Portuguese star was glad to get on the scoresheet, the 33-year-old rued the result for the league leaders.

“I’m happy about the goals but not the result. This is football,” Ronaldo told DAZN.

“We dropped back in the final few minutes and Parma capitalised on our mistakes.

“I don’t think the last few results are because of our heavy workload. We’re relaxed and not worried.

“We’re confident in the ability of this team and its technical quality, as well as the coach and the staff.”

Juve are now winless in two matches, having been knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta on Wednesday.

Despite the draw, Juve are nine points clear atop Serie A and unbeaten in 22 league matches this season.


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