Allegri rues missed chances

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has rued his side’s profligacy following their Champions League last-16 defeat at the hands of Bayern at Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Juve came out guns blazing and surprised the home side by taking a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado early in the first half.

The Italians had numerous chances to extend their lead, including a one-on-one chance against Manuel Neuer just a few minutes before the interval, but Cuadrado was unable to beat the German goalkeeper a second time and Allegri says this was their downfall on the night.

“It’s a shame to be eliminated after a performance like this, against a Bayern who have extraordinary players,” Allegri told Premium Sport.

“One minute before the half-time whistle, Cuadrado could have scored the 3-0, [Alvaro] Morata got some chances and [Stephan] Lichtsteiner could have scored. We had to be more clinical in front of goal. We could have done better in some situations. We had to be more calm.

“It was not easy to be 2-0 up after 45 minutes. We showed character. We had to defend better with those last two balls. They were unable to create anything and were not dangerous. But then from the 70th minute on everything changed. That’s football.”