Allegri: ‘Juve not optimal yet’

by | Oct 2, 2018 20:38

Max Allegri warns Juventus aren’t at "optimal" level yet despite a perfect record and had tactical advice for Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi.

The Bianconeri swept Young Boys aside 3-0 this evening with a hat-trick from Dybala.

“We started well and took the earl lead, only really feeling the danger once and Wojciech Szczesny did well to push the forward wide when we were temporarily down to 10,” the Coach told JTV and Sky Sport Italia.

Max Allegri warns Juventus aren’t at "optimal" level yet despite a perfect record and had tactical advice for Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi.

The Bianconeri swept Young Boys aside 3-0 this evening with a hat-trick from Dybala.

“We started well and took the earl lead, only really feeling the danger once and Wojciech Szczesny did well to push the forward wide when we were temporarily down to 10,” the Coach told JTV and Sky Sport Italia.

“We had plenty of chances and should’ve scored more goals with greater sharpness when going on the counter.”

The undoubted star of the show was Dybala with a hat-trick, becoming only the fourth Juventus player to achieve this feat in the Champions League.

“I am happy for him, he is improving and playing with greater consistency, but everyone played well this evening and showed maturity against an organised Young Boys side. They are a physical team and tried to block us off in any way possible, so it was tough.

“I always said that Dybala’s greatest quality is his ability to make the team play and then go to finish off the move at the end. Tonight he did that brilliantly.”

Federico Bernardeschi initially played in a trequartista role behind the strikers, but moved wide left.

“Initially, he was getting in the way of Dybala, so I put Bernardeschi where he likes to play the best, wide right. Federico had a good game, he often attacks the space, but I told him off because there were the chances to set up teammates and he insisted on going for goal himself.

“We had different players and therefore played a little differently today. What counts is covering the pitch effectively. We had to control the game more and not sit back, because goal difference can be crucial for top spot.”

Juventus have now won all nine competitive games this season and top their Champions League group ahead of the double meeting with Manchester United.

“We are in good form, but not yet optimal,” insisted Allegri. “We needed to score more goals today and we had the opportunities. Now we have another tough test in Serie A against Udinese on Saturday and must prepare on a psychological level.

“I think our qualification and first place in the Champions League group will be decided over the two games with Manchester United and Valencia in Turin.”

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