Juventus got their fifth League win on the trot beating hosts Lazio 2-0. Forward Paulo Dybala once again provided the masterclass in the first half, forcing the own goal for the first goal before scoring a pretty little volley that ensured Bianconeri would start their weekend off on a high note.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri on his overall impressions -
"It was a difficult game, as Lazio have some very talented forwards. It's a good moment of form and we have to grit our teeth to keep going.
"In the first half Lazio put us under pressure and we made a few too many mistakes. Some fatigue also set in, as it has been an intense run of fixtures for us and will last all the way up to the Christmas break."
On the performance of midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah who has been out since last November -
"Today was Kwadwo Asamoah's first start of the season and I am very happy with his performance. He's got great technique and passing ability.
"He deserved this night after so many injury problems. He's out of the Champions League squad, so can rest for 10 days to be ready against Fiorentina."
He mentioned a couple of other players as well -
"Mario Mandzukic and Dybala did well, but Juan Cuadrado and Alvaro Morata also made an immediate impact coming off the bench. We'll need everyone this season and it pains me to make certain decisions, but I am only allowed to start 11 players and one of them is a goalkeeper.
"The time will come when Morata and Simone Zaza start with Mandzukic and Dybala on the bench.
"Dybala scored a great goal and is improving in that role, proving all his quality. Mandzukic did a lot of the dirty work and contributed to both goals. We're coming off a positive period of form, but we have to keep the enthusiasm and momentum going."
Juventus are now level in fourth with Roma, who play at Torino tomorrow.
"We've got to hold out until the end of December and remain concentrated. I don't care who is ahead of us in the table, the fact remains if we don't get a certain number of points, we're out of the running."
Allegri was also questioned about reports this week in the English media that he has been approached by Manchester United -
"I have a contract with Juventus until 2017 and I am happy here."
Goalkeeper and club captain Gianluigi Buffon also spoke after the game -
"We are still fourth or fifth despite this excellent moment of form, so it's not enough.
"We mustn't think of what the other teams are doing, just focus on our own journey that is going well, but we still have to realise we dropped too many points at the start.
"We cannot fly too close to the sun, nor afford any setbacks.
"The credit for the defensive solidity is down to the forwards too, as they work their socks off when tracking back and that is an important sign for the rest of the team."