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Max Allegri says Juventus to take it one step at a time

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Juventus manager Max Allegri speaks after the 3-1 win against Fiorentina

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Juventus won 3-1 at home against Fiorentina to climb into fourth place, just six points behind leaders Inter Milan. Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala all scored to carry Massimiliano Allegri's side to victory today.

Manager Allegri refused to get carried away by any title talk -

"I can only say Juventus are going through a good period of form.  At this moment, the team is playing relatively well, though we have to improve technically and make fewer mistakes.

"I considered Inter one of the favourites pre-season because they invested heavily and have an experienced coach. They are four points clear at the top now, so remain the favourites.

"Juve have to follow our own progress and not anyone else's. There are many points still up for grabs and we have to take it one step at a time. We initially had to catch Milan and we did, then Roma. Now we'll see if we can overtake Napoli and Fiorentina. It will take something extraordinary to overtake Inter, though."

The manager spoke about striker Dybala after seeing the Argentina striker bag his ninth goal of the season in all competitions -

"Paulo Dybala is an important player and he will become extraordinary. He has improved a great deal in tactical and psychological terms, because playing at Palermo and Juve are two very different things."

On his other forwards -

"Funnily enough the decisive goal from Mario Mandzukic came with Alvaro Morata ready to come on for him,.

"This happens in football though, and Mandzukic is a player at an international level standard and today he played a good game."

He also spoke about their opponents on the day, Fiorentina, who had been unbeaten in six games, but capitulated in Turin.

"Nikola Kalinic had about 60 sprints in the first half, but we did well to block them off and Fiorentina didn't have a shot on goal other than the penalty.

"On the other hand, Juve had several chances other than the three goals and forced a series of saves. We prepared for the game planning to block off Fiorentina's strengths, which are the creativity of Borja Valero and Josip Ilicic.

"As time wore on, Fiorentina got more fatigued and we improved, so we took advantage of the extra space."

Finally, he ended with a few words on star midfielder Paul Pogba -

"The trouble with Paul Pogba is that when things seem too easy, he relaxes and gets it wrong. Heels? No, only a cobbler should deal with heels."