From bad to worse. Juve crash at Monza

January 30 – Juventus’ dire predicament on and off the pitch has taken a further hit as they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by unheralded Monza in Serie A on Sunday.

After plummeting down the table as a result of last week’s 15-point deduction over their transfer dealings, Juve are now 13th amid warnings of an unthinkable relegation battle.

“Every game is decisive, we need to get out of this vortex as quickly as possible,” said coach Maxi Allegri (pictured). “We have one point from three rounds and that should not happen. We were unbeaten at home until now.”

“We’ve been making too many mistakes and haven’t had the right mentality. I don’t think we’d ever played a first half like that and we should reflect on that. It went better after the break, but we must admit responsibility for the overall performance.”

Juventus have suddenly gone from chasing a Champions League place to looking over their shoulders towards the other end of the table.

“We must get the points to secure Serie A safety,” said Allegri. “The situation has been turned upside down, but this is the reality at this moment and we must recognise that, otherwise it will end badly for us.”

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