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Allegri says Juventus not great, but solid in win over Milan

Max Allegri had a few things to say after Juventus earned a 1-0 win, their third victory in a row.

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Juventus leapfrogged over AC Milan with a 1-0 win on Saturday to go sixth in the Serie A table. Manager Massimiliano Allegri will be happy to get a streak going after his side has desperately been seeking consistency in the last couple of months.

After a poor first half, Allegri reverted to the 3-5-2 formation and was rewarded with a late winner from Paulo Dybala.

"It was a very complicated match because Milan defended well and caused us problems. At the same time, we should've moved the ball better between the lines and it was not a good performance, but a solid one.

"The important thing was to win and go ahead of Milan in the Serie A table. Hopefully we'll get a good result on Wednesday against Manchester City too.

"We allowed nothing except for that Alessio Cerci shot in stoppage time. We've got to improve in terms of decision-making and not rushing the final ball.

"At least we are finding some consistency in results and that is important. It's our second clean sheet at home after Atalanta. It might not have been a good game, but it was important to be solid."

On his game plan -

"Unfortunately I had to make two substitutions through injury, as Patrice Evra and Hernanes needed to come off. The intention was to play with a trequartista, though Hernanes got a little bottle-necked in the middle.

"Claudio Marchisio is getting back to the player we all knew. Stefano Sturaro and Mario Mandzukic did well. Paul Pogba did very well and helped set up the goal, but after that was playing to the crowd a bit too much."

When asked if he was ready to let Dybala take the reins of the attack -

"I was always convinced of his quality, but it's normal he needed time to settle. Dybala is growing, he has important abilities and did very well between the lines.

"He works hard too and in time he'll become a great support striker. He's changing physically too and you can see the difference in his legs.

"I have always been convinced by Dybala's quality, it's normal that I have to manage the whole squad. Dybala is growing and he has important technical qualities. He's demonstrating this on the pitch."

Are Juventus back in the race for the Scudetto -

"Today we made up some ground because we won two more points than Roma. When you're trailing in the race, it's not easy as you can't allow yourself to slip up."