Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has claimed that Marouane Fellaini made the difference for Manchester United in the latter’s 2-1 win in the Champions League.
The 30-year-old was introduced with United trailing the hosts 0-1 after going down post a crucial strike by Cristiano Ronaldo. But once Fellaini came on in the latter stages, the visitors began creating problems for Allegri’s men using his physical attributes.
Fellaini, who was praised by Jose Mourinho post the victory, has also been singled out by Allegri. The Juventus coach stated that the Belgian international controlled some high balls, and his presence was felt immediately.
“In the first game, they didn’t have Fellaini and we used his absence to our advantage,” Allegri stated.
“Tonight, he played and his physical presence was immediately felt. He controlled some high balls, although sometimes we were good at playing the ball on the ground.”
The Italian tactician felt that the free-kicks were the final blow, as the Red Devils sealed the match through them in a dramatic fashion in the final five minutes.
“Conceding those free-kicks was our greatest mistake. That happened and we paid the price. We’ll have to learn from that,” he added.
Juventus still lead Group H with 9 points from 4 matches, whilst Manchester United sit in 2nd place. If both teams win their respective matches on Matchday 5, then both will qualify for the knockout stages.