Juventus were heavily criticized by the Italian press on Wednesday morning after a miserable 2-0 defeat by Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side fell two points behind after a brace from Omer Atzili in the first half before the break and struggled to make a comeback as they fell five points behind group leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica.
La Gazzetta dello Sport was particularly critical of Juventus’ discipline and lack of organization in defence, insisting their defense was “everything at sea” during the shock defeat.
The Italian newspaper led with the headline ‘We should be ashamed’, while the words ‘Shame is not enough’ made the front pages of Tuttosport.
All the newspapers reiterated that despite his side’s poor form, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli remains supportive of the under-fire manager Allegri.
The Italian giants are eighth in Serie A with just three wins from nine top-flight games so far and are 10 points behind leaders Napoli.
The poor showing in Israel marked Juventus’ second straight defeat in all competitions, following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat by AC Milan at the San Siro.
Allegri received another heavy blow on Tuesday when Angel Di Maria hobbled away with a muscle injury midway through the first half.
The Argentina playmaker left the pitch in tears after suffering a hamstring problem and appeared aware he is likely to miss next month’s World Cup in Qatar as a result.
Juventus need to beat both Benfica and PSG to have a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.