Serie A: Massimiliano Allegri urges his players to learn their lessons from late defeat at Genoa
Last Updated: 30/10/14 9:52am
Massimiliano Allegri has urged his Juventus players to learn their lessons from a dramatic late defeat at Genoa that saw the Serie A champions cede overall control of the title race.
The Bianconeri arrived at the Marassi looking to extend their advantage over second-placed Roma to six points, but a stoppage-time winner from Luca Antonini, coupled with the capital club's victory over Cesena, foiled Juve in that regard, with the Giallorossi now taking a share of top spot.
The 1-0 loss was a first in the league since March for the Turin outfit and head coach Allegri criticised his players for neglecting their defensive duties during the final exchanges.
He told juventus.com: "I can only criticise my players for the last 30 seconds. Leagues are also won with draws so you can't concede such a goal in the dying stages.
"Tonight we hit the post and (Genoa goalkeeper Mattia) Perin made two or three excellent stops.
"These types of games are there for the taking, but when you're unable to get the win, they certainly cannot be lost.
"We had six on two for their goal and should have defended well, instead we were perhaps trying to win the ball back in order to go up the other end and score."
Allegri was also unhappy with the state of the pitch at the Marassi. The playing surface was not in optimal condition as a result of heavy flooding that has plagued Genoa over recent weeks.
"We did everything we could to win and the pitch certainly didn't do us any favours," he added. "It was a surface unfit for Serie A.
"We must take heed of tonight's result and grow in maturity. The lads have character, technical ability, desire and intelligence.
"We need to take the positives out of tonight's game in order to avoid committing more mistakes in the future."