Allegri: ‘Juventus looking like a team now’

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri smiles during the Serie A match between Juventus and Empoli FC at Allianz Stadium on October 21, 2022 in Turin, Italy.

Max Allegri maintains Juventus are ‘looking a bit more like a team now’ after their 4-0 demolition of Empoli and reiterates his advice for strikers not to be ‘desperate’ for goals.

The Bianconeri seem to have finally turned a corner with back-to-back Serie A victories for the first time this season, and with two clean sheets too.

They beat Torino 1-0 in the Derby della Mole, but this was a far stronger performance, the early breakthrough from Moise Kean, then Weston McKennie’s header on a corner and the late Adrien Rabiot brace.

“We are looking a bit more like a team now. We started well this season, then got a week completely wrong and that is what’s holding us back in Serie A, so we need to recover that gap,” Allegri told DAZN.

“It was not easy, as for 60 minutes Empoli really make you suffer, they press and pass constantly, we could’ve doubled our lead and also risked an equaliser. Then in the second half we stepped up a gear, Empoli fell away a bit, and it became a very entertaining match with lots of chances.

“We are improving, the fact the team kept a different tempo after the break shows our fitness levels are improving. We worked well in training, now on Tuesday we have a big game and must go to overturn this result.”

It is the best possible way to prepare for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Benfica in Portugal, as failure to win there could seal their early exit from the tournament and potentially rule them out of even getting the Europa League spot too.

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