Cape Town - Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes their only
defensive error proved costly in a 1-0 Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid
on Wednesday night.
The Bianconeri dominated the clash at the Vicente Calderon for
long periods, but were ultimately undone by an Arda Turan strike 16 minutes
from time, leaving things finely poised in group A, with all four teams on
Allegri was pleased with the performance of his side but admits
their only real mistake was punished by a ruthless Atletico, despite Diego
Simeone's men being restricted to just 39 percent possession on the night.
"We paid for our mistake in run-up to the goal," Allegri
said in his post-match press conference.
"It was a defeat from a game where we played well. We knew it
was going to be a difficult match. The game was quite balanced and Juventus
dominated part of the time.
"If we didn’t shoot more is because Atleti played well. We
had opportunities but we failed in the decisive pass. We knew it was not easy
to score against Atlético.
"We tried to keep possession to control the game. I think we
played a good match from a technical point of view.
"It doesn't change all we have been doing up to now. We are going
to analyse this result, thinking about our important match against AS Roma [on