Massimiliano Allegri and Andrea Barzagli said goodbye to the Juventus faithful in reasonable fashion as a sharp Atalanta boosted their Champions League qualification hopes with a draw in Turin.
Key Talking Point
Much of the pre-match narrative revolved around Allegri following the announcement of his departure at the end of the 2018/19 season.
However, La Vecchio Signora’s Champions League exit to Ajax earlier this season was a massive disappointment and it began to feel like Allegri’s time in Turin was coming to an end, especially following odd losses to SPAL and Roma.
It what was supposed to be a fond farewell for Allegri, as well as departing defender Andrea Barzagli, Atalanta took advantage of some slack Juve finishing to take the lead.
Mandzukic eventually got Juve back on level terms, sliding in at the back post to squeeze an effort between Pierluigi Gollini’s legs, but suddenly the Serie A champions face a massive summer as they hunt for Allegri’s successor.
Andrea Barzagli is the most underrated centre back of the past 20 years. At his peak, probably the best of the BBC. The man is a hero.
— Jack Gallagher (@calciolovesjack) May 19, 2019
Standing ovation and tribute for Andrea Barzagli. Came over from the Bundesliga years ago with little fan fare and became one of the pillars of Juve’s incredible “BBC” which became the foundation for this domestic dynasty.
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) May 19, 2019
Starting XI: Szczesny (7*); Cancelo (6), Barzagli (6), Bonucci (6), Sandro (5); Can (6), Pjanic (5), Matuidi (5); Cuadrado (6), Dybala (6), Ronaldo (5).
Substitutes: Bernardeschi (4), Mandzukic (7), Kean (5).
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Starting XI: Gollini (6); Hateboor (6), Djimsiti (7), Masiello (7); Castagne (6), De Roon (6), Freuler (7), Gosens (7); Gomez (6); Ilicic (8), Zapata (7).
Substitutes: Mancini (5), Pasalic (5), Barrow (5).
Juve finish their campaign with a trip to Sampdoria.
Atalanta are now third following Inter’s 4-1 loss at Napoli and will