Allegri: Nothing to blame my players for after Real Madrid defeat

Allegri: Nothing to blame my players for after Real Madrid defeat

April 4, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has said his players are not to blame for the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Cristiano Ronaldo made history with his first goal of the night, prodding home Isco’s cross to become the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games.

Juventus did have chances to equalise following the former Manchester United forward’s opener, but the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain fell short with their chances.

Toni Kroos had a great change of doubling Real’s lead when he hit the crossbar with a 25-yard effort, but the visiting side had little time to wait until Ronaldo gave them a two-goal advantage.

Dani Carvajal burst down the flank, before lifting a cross to Ronaldo, who rose in the air and sent a superb scissor kick past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon.

Juve, who have been in relatively good form of late – looked jaded and they were even more so, when Dybala was sent off for a second yellow card – meaning he will now miss the second leg.

Brazilian Marcelo rubbed even more salt in the wounds as he scored a third for Madrid, all-but sealing their place in the semi-finals for another season.

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Following the game, Allegri told reporters: “There is absolutely nothing to blame the boys for. We faced an extraordinary team with probably the best player in the world.

“Now we raise our heads, we think about the future and the league.

“For the first hour we also made a good game. But everything happened against us. They are really devastating, otherwise they would not have won so much in the past few years.

“Now it’s almost impossible.”

The second leg is at Real’s Bernabeu home next Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Before then, Real face city rivals Atletico Madrid in a Sunday derby – with Juventus playing Serie A’s bottom team Benevento on Saturday.