Monchengladbach (Germany), Nov 4 (IANS) Italian football champions Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was left fuming after striker Alvaro Morata was ordered to change his socks during Tuesday’s European Champions League group stage contest against Borussia Moenchengladbach here.
Hernanes was sent off in the second-half as the Serie A giants were held to a 1-1 draw in Germany but Allegri lambasted match officials after his team was briefly reduced to 10 men in the first half.
Morata appeared to be wearing slightly different coloured socks to the rest of the team and was told to change them by referee Bjorn Kuipers.
“I’m very angry about one thing which is that we spent three minutes with 10 men while someone had to change his socks,” Allegri was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk.
“I know there are rules that everyone’s kit has to be the same colour. But, at the end of the day, this is not a fashion show; we’re here to play football, for heaven’s sake.” Juventus have struggled for form this campaign following last season’s domestic double success along with reaching the Champions League final.
But Allegri insists his team is focused on correcting its form: “The lads are very highly motivated, it’s a season in which we’ve had a few hitches, like injuries for instance.”
“We also need to remember that this is a young side, some of them had only made a few appearances in the Champions League. That’s why we needed to stay calm, not get nervous and develop together.”
“Competitive edge is all well and good but ultimately there’s a ball out there and you need to use it well.”