Benfica defeated Juventus on Wednesday night, and Max Allegri’s substitutions were criticized by Angel Di Maria, who questioned the exclusion of Arkadiusz Milik.
When Juventus lost to Benfica, Angel Di Maria was perplexed by Max Allegri’s choice to substitute Arkadiusz Milik.
With goals from Joao Mario and David Neres, the Portuguese team won 2-1 in Turin to maintain their perfect record.
Milik gave the hosts the lead after only five minutes, but he was replaced by Nicolo Fagioli with 20 minutes remaining.
At full-time, Milik was challenged by Di Maria, who had just come off the bench himself.
The cameras caught the Argentine asking his teammate why the manager had taken him off.
Upon being questioned about his tactical change following the game, Allegri responded, “Angel only had half a training session with the squad and needed playing time to regain fitness.
I took Milik off because we were struggling with only two midfielders. I had to take a striker off, so I took Milik off, who seemed more tired.”
After the final whistle, home supporters at the Allianz Stadium voiced their opinions as the Old Lady stood in front of a cacophony of jeers from fans voicing their unhappiness.
After the loss, the team assembled in front of the home supporters to face the music.
The last manager to take Juventus to a championship game, Max Allegri, is back in command after his team was eliminated by Villarreal last season.
The Italian has been reassembling his team over the past 12 months, bringing in players like Dusan Vlahovic, Paul Pogba, and Di Maria.
He has already had to downplay the possibility of making a second departure from the Turin organization.
Allegri added: “We need to work hard and improve the situation—in addition, we have many important players injured.
At this time, it’s meaningless to discuss. We have to be quiet and work.”
The Italian said in an interview with Sky Italia: “I previously reminded the team that these situations arise in football and that we must come out of them as a team and with a sense of responsibility.
We have a crucial Serie A match against Monza coming up, and then we can consider Europe. It will undoubtedly be challenging, but not everything is lost.”
Leonardo Bonucci, a club legend, commented on the boos from the crowd, saying, “It’s only fair the fans jeer us.
There’s not much to disagree with there. We dropped a game that we most definitely shouldn’t have dropped. It is entirely appropriate to jeer at us.
Since I am the captain, I must accept accountability. Currently, we find it difficult to accomplish anything.”
This weekend, Juventus will play Monza in an effort to draw closer to the Serie A leaders.
The Bianconeri are now in ninth place, four points behind the lead.
Prior to Wednesday night’s game, one supporter approached club director Maurizio Arrivabene and urged him to fire Allegri.
Given that Allegri is currently under contract until 2025, that choice, which was not entertained, would be expensive.