Juventus criticized by Italian newspapers on Sunday after defeat at Verona, leaving them 13 points off the top
‘Shame on you!’: Italian newspapers SLAM Juventus after their fourth defeat of the season against Verona on Saturday, as ‘disaster’ Massimiliano Allegri admits Old Lady must accept ‘reality’ as a ‘mid-table team’
- Juventus lost their fourth game of the season with a 2-1 defeat to Verona
- Giovanni Simeone scored twice in the first 14 minutes in the Old Lady’s loss
- Massimiliano Allegri’s side was criticized by Italian newspapers on Sunday for the loss
- The Italian manager labeled his side, who are eighth, as a ‘midtable team’
Italian newspapers have smothered Juventus for another dismal showing after their weekend defeat to Hellas Verona – the Old Lady’s fourth defeat in the season.
Massimilano Allegri’s side were well beaten on Saturday night, with Giovanni Simeone scoring twice in the first 14 minutes to give Weston McKennie what was ultimately only a consolation goal with 10 minutes to go.
Juventus are now eighth in Serie A – a whopping 13 points behind leaders Napoli and AC Milan at the top – with Allegri being labeled a ‘disaster’ by Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday morning.
Italian newspapers criticize Max Allegri’s Juventus after 2-1 defeat to Verona
Allegri was labeled a ‘disaster’ after the loss, as one newspaper says: ‘Juve, shame on you’ (right)
The same newspaper labeled the Old Lady’s season a “nightmare” so far, highlighting how the Italian giants were “taught a lesson” from their former coach Igor Tudor, who is now Verona’s boss.
Gazzetta labeled the Juventus squad as ‘lack of identity and ideas’ on their front page, while Allegri was angry with his players after Saturday’s defeat.
Meanwhile, Tuttosport headed with the headline: ‘Juve, shame on you’ and, like Gazzetta, pointed to a possible training retreat for the Juventus players after their latest setback.
The old lady is now winless in their last three Serie A games, with a draw at Inter Milan earlier this month, quickly followed by a shocking home defeat to Sassuolo. Saturday’s loss to Verona ended a terrible seven days for the Old Lady.
Juventus are now three games away without a win and are in eighth place – 13 points from the top
Corriere dello Sport described the loss as a ‘crisis in the dark’ for Juventus and also spoke of Allegri’s ‘anger’ towards his side.
All three Italian newspapers highlighted the ‘shame’ Allegri spoke of after the game about his Juventus side with just 15 points from 11 games at the start of this season.
Corriere dello Sport described Juventus’ season so far as a ‘crisis in the dark’
The Italian manager told Sky Sports Italia after the loss in Verona: “It is difficult to explain, we just have to shut up and work hard, it is the only medicine.
“In a few months we hope to be in a different position, so we have to raise our heads again. For now it is shameful that we only have 15 points in the league.’
Allegri also hinted that his Juventus side was complacent ahead of the Verona game, calling his side a ‘mid-table team’ against a team that worked much harder than them.
The Juventus boss added: “We had to put ourselves at their (Verona’s) level: run, go out to meet the opponent and then the qualities come to the fore. But we don’t beat the middle class just because we have a Juventus shirt on.’
He then told DAZN: ‘There was a confrontation (with his players after the game), but words don’t do anything. We just have to work.
“We are in a terrible situation in the table, in the sense that we only have 15 points, so we have to take our responsibility. We have to accept the reality, now we are a mid-table team.’
Allegri urges Juventus to accept ‘reality’ as ‘midfielder’ at this point