The Derby della Italia, was a tale of two contrasting halves for Juventus. A stellar performance in the first forty five minutes of the game, saw the bianconneri score a goal in the opening five minutes of the match, through Carlos Tevez. Still, Juventus’s goal thirst was not quenched as the Turin based club, constantly pressed onto the opposing goal with every passing minute. But a horrific second half, as per Juventus’s standards, saw the bianconneri concede through Mauro Icardi, in the 64th minute. Although, manager Max Allegri was impressed by Juventus’s first half performance, he rued the complacency which his team displayed in the second half.
“For 45 minutes it was one of our best performances of the season. We couldna t keep that intensity up for the full 90.” said Allegri
a Even before the goal we had lost a bit of organisation and were making too many technical mistakes, so that is something we need to work on.
a After that we lost our heads for a moment, conceding two chances we should not have allowed our opponents, and even ran a risk 10 seconds from the end. It was mad to allow a counter like that with 10 against 11.”
a In the first half it was one-way traffic. Inter deserve credit for fighting back and ita s a shame we didna t start the year with a victory, but the performance was excellent in the first half and sufficient in the second.
The Bianconneri stamped their authority in the first half, by dominating the midfield. The second, saw the Juventus midfield easily nullified by Inter Milan. Allegri agrees, and says, “a In my view we were too static in the second half, whereas in the first the midfielders were always moving and not allowing Inter any reference points, so they could never catch us.a
This draw has shortened Juventus’s lead on AS Roma to just one point.
a Roma have been one point behind us many times already. Wea re still top of the table and there are many points still up for grabs.
a This was the kind of game you risk losing too, so we are pleased to be in our position and fully aware Roma will be an antagonist to the end.a
Allegri, then confirmed that Wesley Senjider is one of the transfer targets that Juventus will be hoping to sign in January.
“In order to improve this squad we need great players and Sneijder is one of them. He is a Galatasaray player and perhaps we have a chance for someone else, but the important thing is to have a midfielder with certain characteristics.”