Soccer-We needed to suffer to learn lessons, says Juve's Allegri


Soccer Football - Serie A - Spezia v Juventus - Stadio Alberto-Picco, La Spezia, Italy - September 22, 2021 Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacts after Matthijs de Ligt scored their third goal REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

LA SPEZIA, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said the manner of his side's 3-2 comeback victory over Spezia on Wednesday was just what they needed in order to move forward this season.

Juve were trailing 2-1 past the hour mark and facing the prospect of extending their winless start to the Serie A season to five games.

But Allegri's men battled back to claim the three points that took them out of the relegation zone, with Matthijs de Ligt firing the winner.

"Luckily we won a match suffering," Allegri told DAZN. "Otherwise, we might have thought we did well and there was nothing more to do.

"There are many things to improve. We have players who must do better in their decisions of the last pass, when to shoot on the target.

"We don't have to look at the standings. We try for the next victory at home against Sampdoria (on Sunday)."

Allegri, who was pictured storming off the pitch after Juve's draw against AC Milan at the weekend, reacted light-heartedly when asked if he was still angry following his side's performance at Spezia.

"I can’t beat them every day," Allegri added. "Today we won an important match.

"We have to get out of the comfort zone, football is made up of suffering and fatigue.

"There are players who have important qualities and who need to improve. We will work hard to carry on turning our fortunes around."

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Ed Osmond)

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