Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Real Madrid as “the strongest team in Europe” after his side lost 2-0 against Madrid in a friendly game in the United States.
A first-half penalty from Karim Benzema and a second-half strike by Marco Asensio was enough to secure the win for us at the Rose Bowl in California in front of a crowd of 93,702. It was the final game for both teams on their tours of the USA.
Juventus boss Allegri was impressed with his sides’s performance, but also gave a glowing remark about the Madrid team.
Speaking to Juventus’ official website, Allegri said: “A good match that concluded a good 10 days’ work in the United States.
“We were up against the strongest team in Europe, and as long as it was possible to play, we did, trying to manage possession and not give the ball away. I am satisfied with the effort from the boys. We can still grow a lot, though, and there are players who have still to return.
“Tonight there were chances for both sides, and we should have managed ours with a little more patience. Now we have a couple of days’ rest and then back to work because the season is approaching.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Ancelotti was pleased with his own team’s work and believes we are ready for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, which takes place in Helsinki on 10 August.
“[The tour] has been very positive because we haven’t picked up any injuries, aside from a small sprain for [Dani] Carvajal, ”Ancelotti told Madrid’s official website.
“The team has worked really well, and we’ve had no issues. It’s been a well-executed pre-season, and now we have the confidence to go and win the European Super Cup”.