Maxi Allegri says Emre Can isn't a holding midfielder after poor performance vs Lazio

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Emre Can had a night to forget during Juventus' narrow 2-1 victory away to Lazio on Sunday.

Late strikes from Joao Cancelo and Cristiano Ronaldo - who else? - spared the German's blushes after he scored an own goal to give Lazio the lead.

Heading past his own goalkeeper was just the tip of the iceberg for Can when it came to his woeful display, though.

Per the BBC, Can managed just 54 touches, one shot, one tackle and one interception at the Stadio Olympico. He also failed to register a single key pass.

His 54 touches was only nine more than Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and he picked up a yellow card, too.

It's likely that Can will end up with a Serie A winner's medal at the end of the season, but the 25-year-old will be disappointed with how he's played since leaving Liverpool last summer.

One goal and one assist in 15 league appearances is a pretty poor return and he's only started eight games in all competitions.

Worse still is that Can's manager at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, doesn't think he can play as a holding midfielder, despite it being his favourite position.

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Speaking after the Lazio win, Allegri said of Can's disasterclass: "It's my responsibility. I tried to play with Emre Can in front of the defence and that was a mistake.

"He doesn't have the right timing yet, so I put him in a very tough position. I put Rodrigo Bentancur there instead and it went better."


Awkward. Allegri's comments show that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was right all along about Can and what his best position is.

According to the Mirror, Can left Liverpool because he wanted to play as a holding midfielder, whereas Klopp thought the Germany international was better as a No.8.

It's been seven months since Can moved to Juventus and maybe now he'll realise that holding midfield isn't where he belongs on a football pitch.

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