Allegri critical of Juve defence

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said his team made mistakes at Camp Nou on Tuesday as Barcelona secured a 3-0 win.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring just before half-time, and capped it off with the third in the 69th minute after Ivan Rakitic had doubled Barca’s lead, giving the Catalans the advantage in Group D.

“We played a good first half but when you play these kinds of games you have to take your chances,” Allegri told reporters after their first Champions League match of the season.

“We didn’t and we were punished at the end of the first half. Ironically we conceded three goals from counter-attacks but this was our worst mistake because we had to remain compact after Barcelona’s goal.

“Obviously they have this player who can change every game but we had to do better in the second half. If you leave spaces to Messi, you get punished.

“You cannot expect to come here and dominate the game so we have to play better at a mental level, always trying to remain in the game even when everything seems difficult.”