Allegri defends decision to haul off Arkadiusz Milik amid tensions

Massimiliano Allegri defends decision to haul off Arkadiusz Milik as he says he HAD to fix issues in midfield by taking off a striker… but Angel Di Maria is left dumbfounded as Juventus chased an equaliser against Benfica

  • REPORT: Massimiliano Allegri’s side are beaten AGAIN in the Champions League
  • The Juventus boss later had to justify his decision to take off Arkadiusz Milik
  • Angel di Maria was visibly irritated and was seen asking Milik why he went off 

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was quick to play down talk of tension in his squad after Angel Di Maria questioned why his coach had hauled off Arkadiusz Milik.

Milik had headed Juventus into an early lead but after Benfica rallied to lead 2-1, with goals from Joao Mario and David Neres, Allegri chose to shuffle his pack in search of an equaliser. 

Di Maria was sent on in the 58th minute but it was the decision to haul goal scorer Milik off for Nicolo Fagioli with 20 minutes to go that wrangled with the winger. 

Angel Di Maria (right) was unimpressed that Arkadiusz Milik (left) was substituted off

Massimiliano Allegri defended the decision and said he had no choice but to take a striker off

Amazon Prime Video’s cameras caught a frank exchange between Di Maria and Milik at  the end in which the striker was being quizzed on why he was taken off. 

Milik appears to shrug in response and Allegri was questioned in his post-match conference why he chose to take Milik off when his side sought an equaliser. 

‘Angel only had half a training session with the squad and needed playing time to regain fitness,’ Allegri said first on Di Maria, who was a surprise on the bench to start.

Milik had got Juventus off the mark on Wednesday night by heading them into an early lead

‘I took Milik off because we were struggling with only two midfielders.

‘I had to take a striker off, I took Milik off, who seemed more tired.’

It has been a miserable start to Group H in the Champions League for Juventus with back-to-back 2-1 defeats. 

Losing away to Paris Saint-Germain, who are expected to top the group, was one thing but the Old Lady now remains joint-bottom of the standings after a comeback win for Benfica. 

‘Football is difficult to explain, all we can say is that after going 2-1 down the game was over, we risked conceding 3-1 and 4-1,’ Allegri added to Sky Sport Italia.

Allegri is under mounting pressure but is adamant that all is not lost in their European group

‘There was a chance late on, but the performance would not have been any better. There’s no point explaining and talking now, we can only work hard.

‘I already told the team these moments happen in football, we need to emerge from them as a team, with a sense of responsibility. 

‘We have an important Serie A game coming up against Monza and after that we can think about Europe. It will certainly be complicated, but not all is lost.’

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