The league is easy for those who don't win, but for those who win it's hard- Massimiliano Allegri
Written by: Shivam Tiwari
Juventus were denied early title celebrations in a 2-1 defeat to The White and Blues.
Massimiliano Allegri has come out in the defence of his side after the shocking loss at the hands of SPAL in the Serie A. The Italian coach rebuffed the idea of 'winning Serie A' an easy job.
After getting held 1-1 at the Johann Cruijff Arena by a young Ajax side, the Serie A leaders were denied the opportunity of wrapping up the league on Saturday by getting at least a point against the mid-table club.
But two second-half goals from Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floccari secured SPAL's first victory against Juventus in 62 years and delayed Juve's victory celebrations by at least a week, given Napoli fail to win against Chievo.
Massimiliano came out in the defence of the team after questions were raised whether it is too easy for the men from Turin to win the league so early.
"You win when you win," he told a news conference.
"Today it's a shame because we lost, and when you lose you are a bit p****d off, especially after a good performance against a good SPAL. Now, let's see tomorrow, if Napoli wins, we'll wait until next Saturday. What matters most to us is to prepare as best as we can for Tuesday and get to the semi-final," he said, referring to the second leg at home to Ajax," he added.
"Because anyway in the league we only need one point if Napoli wins them all, if they don't, we don't even need a point. Then, since I hear that for Juventus the league is easy, well, the league is easy for those who don't win, but for those who win it's hard," stated the Juventus gaffer.
With the second leg home-game against Ajax on mind after having the assurance of winning the league, Allegri decided to give his senior players the much-needed rest.
Although the decision looks to have backfired, the Italian coach isn't too keen to accept, opinionating that these players are expected to play and win every week, which is very difficult.
"Juventus, compared to other teams, has the strength to play all games to get three points, because otherwise, if you only win the head-to-head games, you don't win Scudettos," he said.
He further went on to add that winning has never been easy, as losing happens too, but the main difference elements are the other teams. Also, winning for seven years is not easy, while they wait for their eighth title.
Allegri quipped. "But we have to give merit to this team and this club, which made extraordinary things [happen]. 84 points in 31 games, that's not easy, or in 32, because today we lost. Therefore I would say I am very happy of what they did. It's normal that now we have to reach a Champions [League] semi-final, which is another competition in which Juventus is playing against a great team."
Published: Sun Apr 14, 2019 01:20 PM IST