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Juve Boss Slams Team For Giving Messi Space

Juventus Boss Slams Team For Giving Lionel Messi Space

By Kurt Buckerfield - Sep 13, 2017 05:00 PM @KurtLaduma

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has criticised his team for how they dealt with Lionel Messi in their 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

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Messi opened the scoring for the Catalan club just before the stroke of half-time, before playing a hand in Ivan Rakitic's goal and later adding his second of the night.

Allegri lamented his team's loss of concentration, insisting that the Argentine is capable of anything when he is given time on the ball.

"Barcelona are a team that can play games like that very well," he said, according to Marca.  

"In the first half, I thought we dealt with Messi and (Andres) Iniesta quite well but not so much in the second half.

"Messi made the difference and (Paulo) Dybala did not. He had three shots on goal, scored twice and also hit the post once.

"He's unstoppable when he has space. What this result does is make us understand that if you play in the Champions League against teams of that level and don't keep your concentration, then you pay for it.

"We must grow and be more focused and solid at the mental level. We lost our concentration."

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Messi has now scored 96 goals in 116 Champions League games for Barca, and has won the competition on four occasions with Barca.

What did you make of Messi's display on Tuesday night? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Blasta Joined: 13 Mar 2014
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Blasta Sep 14, 2017 06:25 PM
Messi has so much ability on the ball and its so scary sometimes but thats how he has always been magnificent.so as the opponents u have to try your level best to stop him.
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Iviweluwalala Sep 14, 2017 05:39 PM
@#edie Messi he is small but a giant on his game everyone from crowd,bench,all players on the field it's like watch him Don allow him time on the ball then nibaqedile and his teammate give to in that is why Argentine is so predictable they rely to much on him
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shaneemisho@Gmail.com Sep 14, 2017 06:51 AM
He can play when Inesta s on de pitch n can destroy whn in a gud mood as he wnt to pruv dt Barc a wl alwas b strng irregardless dt Neymar left. Cs he is Barca.
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Mandy-M Sep 13, 2017 08:45 PM
Pep said it "u cannot plan for Lionell Messi"
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#eddie Sep 13, 2017 07:32 PM
Hehhh....messi is going to destroy many teams this season....u don't wanna mess with the best player in the world this season..or ull regret it!!
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Bragibbz Sep 13, 2017 06:51 PM
Dont you ever give the magician a space or you will get hurt!
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THE DOUBLE TROUBLE.COM Sep 13, 2017 06:32 PM
kikiki aint de first coach to say dis....he is the king
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Mavulela Sep 13, 2017 06:21 PM
Kikikikikiki I like when couch confessed that his pln was to stop Messi.
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Mbongenixavi6 Sep 13, 2017 06:11 PM
blame game has started
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Faysal Sep 13, 2017 06:00 PM
Blame messi coach
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Sep 13, 2017 05:43 PM
How did you plan for them last time you met ?..Vele short gun must not be given a space to breath ..cz second space nyana you are dead.....I like Messi but some people who support him are Domkop
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Powerade_101 Sep 13, 2017 05:39 PM
Messi is gonna be a serious problem this season. Cr7 all the way.
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Boikano Sep 13, 2017 05:32 PM
no one gave king Messi space,he created space for himself
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Bob Dawana Sep 13, 2017 05:29 PM
Messi doesn't depend to Neymar to score goals. ..do you want me to repeat thi again? ???? Heeee Messi alone is the SuperStar of all times
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Deftman05 Sep 13, 2017 05:22 PM
That left foot will kill you
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connaissance09 Sep 13, 2017 05:15 PM
they don't give him space, he makes space for himself
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lungelobrownn Sep 13, 2017 05:10 PM
Messi. Messiah
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Sihle Da-Dope Guy Sep 13, 2017 05:04 PM
All hail

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