‘Juve in HELL’: Italian newspapers revealed a ‘nightmare’ 4-3 loss to Benfica with ’embarrassing defensive mistakes’ that left Massimiliano Allegri and his players out of the Champions League
‘Shameful defensive mistakes’ left Juventus ‘in hell’, according to front pages in Italy on Wednesday.
The Italian giants were unceremoniously eliminated from the Champions League after a 4-3 loss to Benfica, and the front pages of Italy’s leading newspapers were not held back.
‘Juve in hell’ read the headline on the front page of Corriere dello Sport, as Tuttosport asked: ‘Who will pay for the damages?’
It is the first time in nine years that Juventus have fallen out of the group stage.
Italy’s newspapers on Wednesday trashed Juventus as they crashed out of the Champions League
It is the first time in nine years that Juventus have failed to escape from the group stage.
Things have gone so badly for Juventus in this group, in which they have won once and lost four times in five games, that they can still finish last and be out of European competition all together.
Corriere dello Sport described the 4-3 defeat in Lisbon as a ‘nightmare’ and as increasing the pressure on manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Tuttosport took a closer look at the money Juventus lose by not reaching the round of 16.
“At least €25m (£21.7m) in lost revenue caused by a team and manager earning €175m (£152m) per season,” the front page lamented.
“Shameful defensive mistakes, again lack of intensity and accuracy.”
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Gazzetta dello Sport simply said ‘too late’ after a flourish towards the end was not enough to get anything out of the game.
“This elimination hurts, we are angry and disappointed, but we have to focus now on Serie A and catch up because it has not been a good start to the season and we need to recover physical and mental energy,” Allegri told Sky Sports Italia. .
‘We must accept this elimination and turn that disappointment into motivation for the next game against Lecce.
“Elimination was certainly sealed before this, but we still should have stayed in the game as we had a feeling that despite a poor first half we could still hurt Benfica.”
“Unfortunately we made it harder for ourselves and Soule could have scored to give us hope of winning in the final minutes.”
Juventus was eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after losing 4-3 to Benfica.
Benfica took a 4-1 lead after goals from Antonio Silva, Joao Mario and a brace from Rafa Silva.
Substitute Arkadiusz Milik and midfielder Weston McKennie scored to make it 4-3, adding Moise Kean’s goal to make it 1-1, but all to no avail.
Europa League football remains a possibility, but Juventus will need to improve on Maccabi Haifa’s result on the final matchday to avoid finishing bottom.
Both teams are on three points at the moment and their head-to-head is identical, so goal difference will come into play, favoring Juventus by six goals currently.
Juventus host goalless Paris Saint-Germain in the final group stage match after they beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2 on Tuesday.