Juventus boss Max Allegri explained how Ajax got away from the Juventus tactical trap, saying “We didn’t create enough problems for them.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving header was cancelled out by a David Neres strike within 40 seconds of the restart, with the game in the balance ahead of the second leg in Turin.
Max Allegri was asked why Frenkie De Jong had so much freedom to play in the Ajax midfield.
“Ajax usually move De Jong over to their left, our right, so Bernardeschi was meant to go and get him. He figured that out and wandered over to the other side, so one of our strikers had to pick him up. De Jong is where the Ajax moves start from.
“They had so many players on yellow cards, and are aggressive so make some risky tackles, but we didn’t create enough problems for them with our through runs. Their central midfielder struggle and the goal came from an opening with Ronaldo through the middle, who then spread it wide and got on the end of the cross.”