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Massimiliano Allegri launched a passionate defense of his Juventus side after beating Cagliari 2-1 in Serie A.

Juve have come under heavy criticism lately following their Champions League exit at the hands of Villarreal and defeat in the Italian Derby to Inter last week.

But Allegri, who saw his side slip to within five points of Serie A leaders Milan with a hard-fought win in Sardinia, thinks those critics are too focused on results.

“I don’t like to lose, so I prefer criticism when we play badly, but still win. No one remembers the performance last Sunday, they only remember Inter walking to the Scudetto, no the way someone played,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“You never know, they could also transform tonight’s game. The funny thing is that in the media you always talk about beautiful football, but you are also the first to focus only on the result! “

“I was told that until the 75th minute against Villarreal, all the websites and social media were praising Juventus’ performance. Once we conceded, Juventus were called a disaster.

“It doesn’t make sense. The performance remains the same, the only thing that has changed is the result. I enjoy hearing the criticisms, but every once in a while some go a bit too far and it irritates me.

“It’s not just about us, it’s about football in general. I hope in the years to come people will come back and talk about the ABCs of football, like the first touch, shaking your marker, etc. The “Italy has won the World Cup four times, we have our style, but for 15 years we chased Pep Guardiola’s style and we didn’t realize he had changed too.”

Goals from Matthijs de Light and Dusan Vlahovic, which netted a fortuitous 75th-minute winner, earned Juve all three points after Joao Pedro gave Cagliari a surprise lead.

Milan and Napoli, who together with Inter are one point behind the Rossoneri, both play Sunday against Torino and Fiorentina respectively.

And Allegri continues to dismiss talk of a late Scudetto push for Juve.

“We lost a face to face with Inter which would have allowed us to have Scudetto ambitions,” he added. “We have to be realistic. I continue to maintain that Inter are the favourites, especially with their fixture list.

“Naturally it’s going to shake up a team when you chase the light at the end of the tunnel for 16 games and then it disappears. That’s why it was a very risky game, especially with injured and suspended players.

“We needed to win tonight to consolidate fourth place, reaching the final two laps with a good advantage.”