Juventus 0-1 Empoli: Hosts suffer SHOCK defeat in their first match since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure was announced… with Leonardo Mancuso’s goal ensuring Max Allegri remains winless in Serie A since returning
- Juventus looked flat in their first home match this season against Empoli
- Leonardo Mancuso got the winner and the hosts were jeered off the pitch
- Max Allegri said his team cannot think about the departing Cristiano Ronaldo
- His side also dropped points in a 2-2 draw in their season opener at Udinese
Juventus began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with a shock 1-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Empoli.
A day after Ronaldo agreed to rejoin his former club Manchester United, Juve were downed by a first-half goal from Leonardo Mancuso.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his team cannot think about the departing Portugal forward and must come together to turn things around.
Juventus began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with a shock 1-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Empoli
Juve were downed by a first-half goal from Leonardo Mancuso, meaning they remain winless
Juve looked flat in their first home match of the season against promoted Empoli and lost without creating any clear chances.
‘Cristiano spent three years at Juventus, he scored goals, which he is very good at, he’s an extraordinary player, but we cannot think about Ronaldo from now on,’ Allegri told DAZN.
‘I have a fine squad, we simply must realise that we can’t just dominate every match. We need to come together and this will help us for the future.’
Juve also dropped points in a 2-2 draw in their season opener at Udinese after being two goals up, with substitute Ronaldo denied a stoppage-time winner by VAR in his last appearance for the club.
It came a day after Ronaldo agreed to re-join his former club Manchester United
‘We need to work on our solidity, but these two slip-ups will inevitably do us good. This is a strong squad, it has values and gradually they will emerge,’ added Allegri.
Only Federico Chiesa really tested Empoli keeper Guglielmo Vicario, who did not make a save in the second half, as Leonardo Mancuso got the winner and Juve were jeered off the pitch.
‘The lads had started strongly, they then conceded at the first mistake playing out and got too panicky,’ said Allegri.
‘We must have the patience to approach games calmly, play as a team and not try to resolve things as individuals.
‘There have been too many players who have done things poorly who don’t usually drop to that standard.’
Only Federico Chiesa really tested Empoli keeper Guglielmo Vicario at the Allianz Stadium
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