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Allegri: Juve achieved one target

Manager’s post-match comments after critical win

Sevilla FC v Juventus - UEFA Champions League
Massimiliano Allegri 
Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Juventus won a bad-tempered game 3-1 away at Sevilla to leapfrog their Spanish rivals to the top of Group H. After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri wasn’t entirely satisfied with his side’s performance.

“We have to be sharper. We conceded a goal on the only real chance, a corner after 10 minutes.

“In the second half Sevilla took away lots of spaces and there were many tactical fouls.

“It’s not easy to win here, as Sevilla have some excellent players and a great Coach. This now puts us in a position to lock down the top spot in the final game.

“We achieved one target. Now there are two more, to be top of the Serie A table before Christmas and win the Super Cup in Doha.

“We had to win, the lads won it and we’re taking it all one step at a time. In the second half we should’ve moved the ball quicker and not been so hasty with our decisions.

“It was a very physical match and we had to do different things, as Sevilla took away all reference points in attack.”

On how he attacked the home side after the sending off in the first half -

“It’s not easy with one centre-forward when nine men are behind the ball. We got the win because the kid went to jump for a loose ball and Bonucci fired it in on the rebound.”

‘The Kid’ mentioned here is 16-year-old Moise Kean, who over the weekend became the Serie A’s first player to be born after the year 2000, and added the Champions League to that list of accomplishments.

“He is maturing, he’s growing. He had a moment, as all lads do, of peak and then a dip, now he’s getting back to being able to show what he can do.

“We are happy, as we achieved one of our objectives. We have to improve and be sharper. I get angry when I see crazy things like giving the ball away in the final minutes or allowing cheap corners against a team so strong in the air.”