Allegri: 'Neither handball a penalty'

Max Allegri “wouldn’t have given either of the two penalties” in their 2-1 win over Sampdoria and wants the Champions League for Juventus in 2019.

It was another contentious and fiery victory, with two debatable penalties for handball – one apiece – and a last-gasp Riccardo Saponara equaliser disallowed for a tight offside.

“We created many scoring opportunities against a very good Samp side,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“After their penalty, we got a bit chaotic, but were back on track in the second half. Fortunately, that late Saponara goal was offside.

“We need to improve on keeping our calm when conceding, because otherwise we risk letting another goal in.”

Sampdoria were furious at the use of VAR on such a tight offside call, especially as it depended on whether the Alex Sandro touch was a ricochet or an actual attempt to play the ball.

“It is right that referees use VAR when they consider it opportune. To be honest, I wouldn’t have given either of the two penalties today, but it’s only in Italy that this much controversy is stirred up. We must realise these are still subjective situations.”

Allegri ends 2018 with a new record of 53 points from the opening 19 Serie A rounds, so what does he want from 2019?

“We do have the perception that with Cristiano Ronaldo there’s a better chance of winning the Champions League. However, we’re not even in January yet and there’s a very long way to go.”

The Bianconeri will face Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 in February.

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