April 3, 2018 / 11:31 PM / 6 months ago

Juve coach Allegri says 3-0 Real defeat difficult to accept

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said the 3-0 defeat at home to Real Madrid in their Champions league quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday was difficult to take after his side lost a home European tie for the first time in five years.

Soccer Football - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Juventus vs Real Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - April 3, 2018 Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri speaks with Douglas Costa REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Allegri thought his team were doing well until an eight-minute spell in the second half in which the visitors scored twice, including a stunning bicycle kick by Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Turin side had playmaker Paulo Dybala sent off.

“A 3-0 defeat is hard to digest, we played a good match for the first hour but then everything turned against us,” he said.

“They really are devastating, that’s why they’ve won so much during the last few years. Once we were down to 10 men, it became impossible to turn it around.”

Juve had won 16 and drawn 11 of their 27 home European ties since a 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 competition under Antonio Conte.

Since then, they have reached two Champions League finals, losing to Barcelona and then Real Madrid in Cardiff last June.

“I think we have improved since Cardiff. We have to start again and think about the championship,” said Allegri, whose side are chasing a seventh successive Serie A title.

“Then we go to Madrid to play our match and we also have the Coppa Italia final.”

“We had defended very well and allowed Real very little until their second goal,” he added. “Then we paid for a misunderstanding.

“All three goals could have been avoided, but in these games if you don’t have a little bit of luck and the opposition do, it becomes difficult.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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