Vidal tantrum not new in football, says Allegri

The coach played down the Chilean being upset at a recent substitution, insisting that reports of a fight between the two have been exaggerated

Vidal tantrum part of football, says Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has stressed that Arturo Vidal’s tantrum at being substituted is simply “part of football”.

Allegri replaced Vidal with Paul Pogba after 70 minutes of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final, which Juve won 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal from Alvaro Morata.

Reports surfaced in the Italian media that the star Chilean midfielder was unhappy with Allegri, but the coach has come out battling by insisting that such touchline grievances are momentary and part of football.

“Fight between whom? Between myself and Vidal? I was surprised to read about it on Tuttosport, I believe it was Tuttosport,” Allegri told reporters.

“First of all the day after the game I didn’t talk with the player because he was absent during training and that’s because he had fitness issues to take care of.

“Also, during the game, he was substituted but then came back because he had to nurse a knee problem. Granted, the player can be upset when substituted, but it’s part of the game, it’s part of football.

“But no, there was no fight with Vidal simply because there was no need to clarify anything.”

Juventus are back in action on Sunday as they bid to maintain their lead at the top of Serie A with a trip to Udinese.

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