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Allegri: ‘Miretti played like a veteran’

Juventus coach Max Allegri believes his side showed improvement against Roma and Fabio Miretti played like a veteran. The Bianconeri were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw, but offered a better account of themselves with Miretti the highlight of the match for many Juventini.

Speaking after the game, Allegri offered his thoughts on the performance to DAZN:

It is a long season, we even risked losing it on another corner towards the end. Juve played well on a technical level, but we must still improve. Roma were more defensive on their right in the second half and we should’ve put more crosses in with Weston McKennie on our left.

I am happy with what the lads did, it was a good game, Roma are a great team and Jose is always good at keeping his side focused. It is unfortunate that Roma scored on the only corner they put to the back post, but that’s football. It was a strong performance.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho had said at the final whistle that he was very relieved and his side were lucky to have been only 1-0 down at the break, and said he was ashamed of his players.

“He’s always smart and sharp in the way he reads games. If you don’t kill the game off, then you always leave the possibility of an equaliser.

We were inevitably tired after such a strong first half. We should’ve passed it around and slow down the game, it’s something we need to learn. You cannot expect a team to dominate for 90 minutes.”

Youngster Fabio Miretti was excellent dictating play at the base of the midfield.

“Miretti played like a veteran, he is very calm, knows how to escape marking and his first touch is always aimed at going forward. You don’t see many like him.”

Would Allegri stick with the 4-3-3 formation he used today?

“First of all we need to get Federico Chiesa, Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria back, as they all have technique and a change of pace. Having changes on the bench makes a big difference.”

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