A combative Massimiliano Allegri has defended the efforts of his Juventus side after they lost 2-1 to SPAL to prolong their wait for an eighth consecutive Serie A title.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri

Juve followed a 1-1 draw away to Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals with a disappointing result at Stadio Paolo Mazza.

Allegri made sweeping changes to the team that draw in Amsterdam, as Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean started in attack, the latter opening the scoring in the 30th minute.

Second-half goals from Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floccari secured the upset victory for the hosts, although Juve remain a comfortable 20 points ahead of Napoli, who are away to Chievo on Sunday.

“You win when you win,” he told a news conference.

“Today it’s a shame because we lost, and when you lose you are a bit p****d off, especially after a good performance against a good SPAL.

“Now, let’s see tomorrow, if Napoli wins, we’ll wait until next Saturday. What matters most to us is to prepare as best as we can for Tuesday and get to the semi-final,” he said, referring to second leg at home to Ajax.

Juventus vs Spal

“Because anyway in the league we only need one point if Napoli wins them all, if they don’t, we don’t even need a point.

“Then, since I hear that for Juventus the league is easy, well, the league is easy for those who don’t win, but for those who win it’s hard.”