Allegri: Juventus must improve in the knockout phase

The former AC Milan boss feels his side found it difficult to break down Atletico Madrid on Tuesday but was happy with the point that sends them through

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admits his side will need to improve in this season’s Champions League after their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Juve – knowing that victory by two goals or more would see them finish on top of Group A – needed a point to guarantee their place in the next round given that Olympiakos beat Malmo 4-2.

Allegri’s men dominated the Turin contest, but struggled to convert their possession into clear-cut chances, with the best chance of the match falling to Atletico’s Koke who was denied in the sixth minute by Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus ultimately did enough to progress but Allegri has acknowledged the need to improve.

“It’s always complicated against Atletico, as they defend very well with tight lines, so it’s not easy to find passes between the lines,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Buffon did very well in the first half with a save and we had chances too.

“In the second half we tried to win, but at the same time, not risk losing.

“We didn’t want to compromise our chances of qualifying and I thought it was thoroughly deserved.

“Of course we need to improve. Against these big clubs, there are times when you have to defend and protect yourself – something Atletico Madrid do for most of the game.”