Max Allegri labels Juventus a mid-table team following the defeat against Verona

Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus against AC Milan
Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus against AC Milan - IMAGO / LaPresse

Juve crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Verona in the weekend Serie A fixture.

Juventus crashed to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona in Serie A, with Giovanni Simone scoring a double for the latter.

Weston McKennie’s strike in the final quarter proved as a consolation as the Bianconeri dropped points for the third consecutive game.

The Old Lady manager Max Allegri vented his frustrations on the defeat, claiming that his side are a mid-table team.

Allegri said (h/t Goal): “Words are meaningless right now. We’re in a bad situation, we have to accept the reality that right now we are a mid-table team. We can get out of this situation with a little more determination and quality. We will drag ourselves out of this situation. There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves, that won’t help. We just need to focus on what we need to do and then things will sort themselves out.”

“It’s a good squad, but things don’t always go your way in football. We have to react with pride and determination. We had to play like a team that had one point, and we did, now we have to play like a team that has 15 points.

“We realised Verona were going to make it physical and a battle for every ball, so if you don’t meet them at that level, you will lose.

“Wearing the Juventus jersey does not give us a guarantee we must beat the teams in mid-table. We have to earn every point and do it with the right attitude.

“Verona knew that was how they had to play in order to beat Juventus. Our mistake was assuming we were better than Verona, and right now we are not. We must be realistic.”

Juventus dropped to ninth place in what is turning out to be a lacklustre Serie A campaign.

The Bianconeri looked well on track after a string of victories but the back to back defeats against Sassuolo and Verona have hindered their top-four ambitions.