Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has attributed his team’s comeback against Bayern Munich to the courage they garnered after going two goals down.
The Old Lady conceded two goals against Bayern inside an hour at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, but came back to draw 2-2 in the first leg, round of 16 clash and Allegri believes they also have to build on their second half performance.
“We’ve got to build on the second half, when the lads did well. Let’s not forget Bayern’s excellent technical quality, which meant we struggled in the first half, although we didn’t allow them many chances. They fell away a bit in the second half and we gained some courage – and that is what we need,” he told Uefa’s official website.
“I’ve got to commend the boys on what they did. It was a big test for us as we were facing one of the favourites for the Champions League. The aim was to keep the tie alive and the lads did that. It was never going to be easy to beat a side with great quality. My players have to realise they have a lot of quality themselves and we’ve got to do better than we did in the first half.
“To go through, we’ve got to win, or draw 3-3 there, but we don’t have many options. We intended to play the first half differently. Apart from [Thomas Müller’s] open goal, we didn’t give away any big chances. We could have done better. In Europe, when you’re playing a last-16 tie which is like a semi-final, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, conceding twice to Bayern.
“It’s a knockout match in Munich. We’ve got to win, we have no choice. Whether we win in the first or the last minute doesn’t change anything. We have to win. We had a lot of opportunities in the second half and this has got to give us the strength and belief that we can compete with Europe’s best.”