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Massimiliano Allegri concerned with second half display against Internazionale


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was only happy with the first half performance of his team after the Internazionale game.

The Bianconeri could only manage a draw at home against a determined Internazionale side as their lead at the top of the table is now cut to just one point.

"It was a tough game," Allegri said.

"We did well in the first 45 minutes, we created goal opportunities and conceding nothing [at the back].

"In the second half we were idle, even before they scored, we failed to shrug off Internazionale's pressure.

"We then conceded a goal we could have easily prevented, but all this is part of the game."

It's not the first time in the season that Juventus struggled to show the same first-half intensity in the second part of the game and Allegri says this is affecting the way his side comes forward.

"I believe it's impossible to play 90 minutes with the same intensity showed tonight and against Sampdoria in the first half," the 47-year-old said.

"It's normal that when you lack intensity you have to build your moves with a slower pace.

"Otherwise you simply part the bus and play on the counter.

"Today we made technical mistakes but we still managed to give nothing away before they scored. We then gave away two-three chances, like the one with [Mauro] Icardi that started with a foul on [Leonardo] Bonucci.

"And also the last one when [Gianluigi] Buffon had to leave his goal to clear.

"I ultimately believe that the squad should be more aware of its strength and should manage sections of the game in a better way."

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