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|Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro blames fatigue for the shock Champions League draw with Lyon
Massimiliano Allegri's side slipped to second place in their Champions League group after being held to a 1-1 draw by the French club on Wednesday night.
Juve also suffered a 1-0 defeat to AC Milan on October 22 but Sturaro believes the recent dip in form is nothing to be concerned about.
'There was a clear difference in our performance in both halves,' Sturaro said of the draw with Lyon.
'It's down to different factors, not least the fact that we're coming off a very intense period, with many direct battles.
'It's OK for there to be a drop, it happens. We have had six matches in the past two weeks - and very important ones at that.'
Juventus also struggled at times during a 2-1 victory over Napoli last weekend.
The club's fans, spoiled by brilliant attacking football over the past few seasons, have shown their frustration.
Jeers could be heard toward the end of the match against Lyon.
'The fans can do what they want,' Juventus coach Allegri said. 'I understand them because they always want a spectacle, but if they still want to be in the Champions League in March, they have to accept these moments in which you have to use your heads.
'We could look for excuses and blame it on the fatigue, but we don't want to do that,' he said.
'The truth is that after controlling the first half, at the end of the match, with a bit of pressure and the desire to win to go through immediately, we backed off a bit and our character dropped.'
Juventus will be hoping to secure silverware this season after signing record-breaking forward Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, playmaker Miralem Pjanic from Roma, winger Dani Alves from Barcelona and defender Medhi Benatia from Bayern Munich during the summer window.
Those additions may be part of the problem; with the new players still settling in, Juventus have struggled to gel as a team.
And, while Higuain has stood out from the start, scoring seven goals in 11 domestic matches, more was expected from Pjanic, who is yet to fit in.