Angered by his side coming close to a collapse, Max Allegri was frustrated by the performance of his players after they let Atalanta back into the Coppa Italia clash at Juventus Stadium.

“It was a good performance from both teams,” the Coach told RAI Sport after the 3-2 win. “Unfortunately we kind of stopped playing and at the end really ran a huge risk of conceding a third goal.

“At that stage it would’ve made qualification really tough, as Atalanta found confidence and were pouring forward. This type of match does us good, because we have to learn that the game isn’t over until the end and we’ve got to avoid these errors.

“I can understand the opposition being fired up, but I won’t accept us taking our foot off the gas. Tonight we ran a really big risk. The games aren’t over until the final whistle.

“We need to get it into our heads that you attack when it’s time to attack, then you defend when it’s time to defend. We’ve got to reflect, because this seems to happen to us a lot now, at least once a month.

“When the game looks like it’s safe, we have to keep a clean sheet. We defended badly on the goals, but other than those we didn’t really need tough saves. Atalanta had pushed forward, but if we defended in an organised and determined fashion, we wouldn’t have allowed them to score.”

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