Massimiliano Allegri admits Wojciech Szczęsny’s howler that led to Atalanta‘s opener was due to the tension of recent days and explains his wild goal celebration: ‘I am human…’
The Bianconeri were held to a 3-3 draw by Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday night in the first match after a 15-point deduction imposed by the FIGC two days earlier.
Allegri had urged his lads to focus on on-the-pitch issues, trying not to think about the penalty and the chaos surrounding the club.
However, during a post-match press conference on Sunday night, attended by Football Italia at the Allianz Stadium, the Italian tactician admitted that his players had felt pressure in the build-up to the game.
“I want to thank the lads, who played a great game. It wasn’t easy. It could have been complicated, but the players proved to be serious and responsible. Two days like these would have killed any other team,” he said.
“It was surreal for everyone, we experienced something similar two months ago after the President [Andrea Agnelli] had resigned,” continued Allegri.
“We had a slow start and the stadium was silent. We have feelings, we are human. Szczesny will no longer make an error like that. The tension caused that mistake.”
The Poland international gifted Ademola Lookman the first goal of the night after four minutes and ended up pushing the shot of the Nigeria international into his own net.
On the other hand, Allegri celebrated wildly when Danilo scored the equaliser in the second half, something we are not quite accustomed to seeing.
“I am human as well. I try to be detached, but I am human. In a situation like this, I celebrated for my lads. They are extraordinary and they proved it. We may win or lose, but they will never lack commitment.”