Massimiliano Allegri has slammed his defenders for failing to put up the same performance that shut out Barcelona, the last time they faced the La Liga giants in the Champions League.
Barcelona ran out 3-0 winners against Juventus, who beat them 3-0 on aggregate in the semifinal of the competition last season.
Messi was in impeccable form, scoring a brace and playing a hand in Rakitic’s goal. Allegri has now hit out at his defenders for failing to shut him out and also rued their missed chances.
“We played a good first half but when you play these kind of games you have to take your chances,” Allegri told reporters.
“We didn’t and we were punished at the end of the first half. Ironically we conceded three goals from counter-attacks but this was our worst mistake because we had to remain compact after Barcelona’s goal.
“Obviously they have this player who can change every game but we had to do better in the second half.
“You cannot expect to come here and dominate the game so we have to play better at a mental level, always trying to remain in the game even when everything seems difficult.
“If you leave spaces to Messi, you get punished.”