Juventus didn’t deserve to win, admits Allegri

Andrea Pirlo’s stunning strike in the dying seconds gave the reigning Serie A champions the victory but the coach is not sure they were worth the three points

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Torino deserved better than a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sunday’s Turin derby.

The reigning champions extended their winning Serie A run at Juventus Stadium to 25 matches, but they were pushed all the way by their city rivals and, after Stephan Lichtsteiner’s dismissal, it looked like Juve’s hopes of victory were over. However, Andrea Pirlo’s stunning goal from distance decided the tie with just seconds remaining.

And Allegri admitted that he feels the visitors were worthy of a share of the spoils.

“Perhaps a draw would have been a fair result, but this win makes up for the defeat to Genoa, from which we deserved to emerge victorious,” he said.

“We played well in the first half but struggled after the break. Torino gave us problems on the counter.

“Credit to the players for tonight’s win. They never stopped believing.”

The Bianconeri remain top of Serie A with 34 points and their next game is away to Fiorentina on Friday December 5.