Massimiliano Allegri has full confidence that his Juventus squad will turn their season around and fight for the Serie A title after losing 2-1 in Naples.
Juve’s slow start to Allegri’s second term continued on Saturday as Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly goals in the second half gave Napoli a comeback win.
The Bianconeri, led by Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 10th minute, have now failed to win any of their first three league games for the second time in 52 Serie A seasons.
Saturday’s late loss also means Allegri hasn’t won any of his last eight league games as Juve boss on either side of a two-year sabbatical.
After collecting just one point in the first three games of the 2021/22 season, the six-time Scudetto winner Allegri is firmly convinced that his team will be stronger.
“I have great faith in this group. I know they will make up for the lost ground, ”he said. “This group is destined to grow from the beating they have suffered.
“Tonight’s defeat was different and we have to put it behind us quickly.”
After benefiting from a mistake by Kostas Manolas to take the lead in Naples, Juve gave their opponent – who now has three out of three wins – a couple of goals.
Wojciech Szczesny parried Lorenzo Insigne’s shot into Politano’s lane for Napoli’s equalizer and was only able to push a weak Moise Kean header straight to Koulibaly for the winning goal.
It’s the first time since March 2010 that Napoli have recovered from a lost position to beat Juventus in the league and Allegri accepts that his side weren’t good enough.
“I liked the team’s attitude in the first half, but Napoli got the upper hand in the second half. Sometimes you have to pay for individual mistakes, ”he said.
“Szczesny is not lacking in peace. He made a mistake with his handling today, but will be in the team on Tuesday.
“As for Kean, these things happen sometimes in football. We also have Udinese and Empoli. conceded similar goals
“From a technical point of view, we could have done better. We haven’t won yet, but now we’re starting to think about our next game in the Champions League.
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The European duel with Malmö on Tuesday was followed five days later in the Allianz Stadium by a huge duel with Allegri’s ex-club Milan.
“We know we need to be clearer around the area, although from a tactical point of view today against a good Napoli side the team did what I asked them to do,” added Allegri.
“There is no room for mistakes in football. We have an important test ahead of us that we must overcome so that it does not become a mental issue.
Juve, missing a few key players on Saturday, only managed eight shots against Napoli and none at all in the second half.
That makes it a hiatus in a row for the Bianconeri since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club to return to Manchester United, but Allegri reiterated that he is eager to continue from that high profile exit.
“Ronaldo is a thing of the past, he made a choice,” said Allegri. “Now he is gone. Juve let him go because you can’t keep a player against your will.