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Massimiliano Allegri insisted Juventus will improve after a 1-0 home defeat to Empoli on Saturday left them unbeaten in Serie A after two games.
Leonardo Mancuso scored what turned out to be the winner in Turin as Juve looked toothless without the top, without Cristiano Ronaldo moving closer to joining Manchester United.
Mancuso’s first-half effort means Juve remain unbeaten after their first two games – the third time they have done so in 52 Serie A campaigns – following a 2-2 draw against Udinese last weekend. It closed one night to remember for Empoli, who secured their first away game in Serie A at Juve after 11 defeats and a draw.
And despite a slow start to the 2021-22 campaign, Allegri is still optimistic.
“Tonight the team started well, after the goal we parted ways and we put ourselves in the hands of the team,” Allegri told DAZN.
“[Against] Empoli, it was necessary to have more patience, to play as a team and not individually.
“It is not easy, we have a point after two games, but we always have time to improve.
“It is a difficult moment for us to grow. There have been too many players who have done things wrong that are usually not wrong. ”
2006 – Empoli have scored an away Serie A goal against Juventus for the first time since January 2006 (Sergio Almirón), stopping a five-game run without a single away goal against Bianconeri. Surprise.#Series A. #JuveEmpoli
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