However, the Tuscans hit the underside of the crossbar late on and almost made it 3-3.
“Vlahovic is an important player, he has character as well as quality and has the kind of characteristics we didn’t have in the squad,” Allegri told DAZN.
“You could tell straight away this lad has character, wants to win and is eager to learn. He moved a lot more today, didn’t just stay central, and that was a big advantage for him and for Juventus.”
“I don’t think you can compare them, the previous 7 won the Ballon d’Or four times, whereas Vlahovic is at the beginning of his career. A good game isn’t enough, you need immense mental strength and he is at the start of his journey.
“We knew it would be difficult, because Empoli pass it around well, they can stretch you out and they never stop, which is why at 3-1 they risked getting it back to 3-3.
“I am glad we are back to suffering when we need to suffer in order to bring home the result as a team.”
Denis Zakaria limped off with a left adductor issue and there are concerns he could be out for a while too.
“We’ve got more injuries and that means it is not really possible to rotate the squad or let someone rest. It’s never easy to win in Empoli, we need to improve our passing and some of our decisions in possession, but I liked the spirit.
“Kean struggles with his back to goal and coming back to connect with the midfield, but he does well when wide and attacking the box. Alvaro Morata is the same, he gave a great pass to Vlahovic for the third goal.
“Football is very simple, you just have to put players in roles where they can work to their characteristics. We couldn’t do that for four or five months, so we had to adapt, but we stayed in range of the top four and now we’ll see what happens.”
Is Allegri still so very certain than Juventus are out of the Scudetto race?
“I remain fully convinced it will take 84-85 points minimum to win the Scudetto. Our objective is to finish in the top four and we need to be consistent, because there’s Atalanta, Fiorentina, Lazio are coming up too, the title will be a battle between those three up there.”
Wojciech Szczesny released a statement this morning confirming he would not play against Russia for Poland in the World Cup play-off following the invasion of Ukraine.
“All we feel is sadness at these poor families forced to flee their homes. It is always the weakest who are made to pay the heaviest price for war,” added Allegri.
Dusan Vlahovic is a goal machine 😤
Juve retake the lead against Empoli and their new star signing is settling in nicely! pic.twitter.com/kPI0LvXF2p
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