After a 1-0 Serie A home defeat against Empoli on Saturday, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri stated his players cannot concentrate on the departure of Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and must work together to turn things around.
Juve looked lifeless in their first home match of the season against promoted Empoli and lost without creating any clear chances, with Ronaldo already at Manchester United.
Speaking to DAZN, Allegri said:
Cristiano spent three years at Juventus, he scored goals, which he is very good at, he's an extraordinary player, but we cannot think about Ronaldo from now on.
I have a fine squad, we simply must realize that we can't just dominate every match. We need to come together and this will help us for the future.
Juve also dropped points in a 2-2 draw in their season opener at Udinese after being two goals up, with substitute Ronaldo denied a stoppage-time winner by VAR in his last appearance for the club.
We need to work on our solidity, but these two slip-ups will inevitably do us good. This is a strong squad, it has values and gradually they will emerge.