Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the press after his team was knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax and provided his thoughts on star player Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance.
Allegri was in a reflective mood as he gave credit to Ajax for deservedly qualifying to the Champions League semifinals at the expense of Juventus with an impressive 2-1 victory in Turin.
Goals from Donny van de Beek and wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt were enough to see the visitors through after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal of the match to give Juventus a 1-0 lead.
However, after Ajax equalized, he couldn’t step up again to score and the tie slipped away from the home side.
Speaking to the reporters after the game, Allegri weighed in on how Ronaldo’s performance, citing that the team couldn’t expect him to always step up and bail the side out of sticky situations.
“No, absolutely not. Ronaldo has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarter-final, you need every player,” he said.
“I’ve always said that to win the Champions League, you need to reach a certain stage in good form and with good fitness levels. We’ve been in a bit of an emergency situation for a while and that can only be sustained for so long.”
“We were missing four or five players tonight. Daniele Rugani and Leonardo Bonucci had good games for 50 minutes or so, but we lost our unity and organisation, giving Ajax the advantage.”
However, despite the shock defeat and exit in the Champions League, Allegri reaffirmed his commitment to the club, stating that he had already told club Chairman Andrea Agnelli that he wanted to stay.