Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was understandably happier with his side’s performance today as he saw them attacking relentlessly in the first half to go up by three, and complete the game 4-0 victors. In the process, the defending champions went back to the top of the table, an observation not missed by the mister.
“I was satisfied to get back on top of the table and we did well.
“The lads took the right approach, though perhaps when 2-0 up we should’ve controlled the tempo, and instead we poured forward looking for a third goal with a little too much haste.
“Still, it’s a good answer to the rather excessive criticism of our performance on Sunday against Inter.”
Club captain and figurehead Gigi Buffon left the game at halftime with an unknown injury, but the coach said it was minor.
“Just a knock, nothing serious.”
He went on to address criticism of how Juve have been playing.
“I don’t care if people say Juventus are strong or not strong. I am interested in getting to the end and winning the Scudetto.
“It takes a little time, let’s not try to pretend Miralem Pjanic can just replace Paul Pogba, as they are two completely different players with different characteristics and physicality. Pjanic missed the first two games and can do very well as an old-fashioned Number 10.”
On the topic of last season’s star Paulo Dybala who has yet to score this season.
“He did well on a technical level. He didn’t score, but was good at extricating himself from the Cagliari traffic and using his technique for that. I am very happy with what he’s doing.”
He insisted that the club needed to maintain their focus on the upcoming games -
"We must remain calm goals and make Saturday and Tuesday our aims. The important thing was to win again and get back to the top."
Gonzalo Higuain scored his fourth goal in five games after returning to the starting XI, and the manager did not rule out the possibility of featuring a three-man attack featuring the Argentine alongside compatriot Dybala and Mario Mandzukic who had a good game replacing Higuain today.
"Last year Mandzukic was crucial and this year it will be the same. He can also play with Higuain.
"[A three man attack] may happen in the league or in the Champions League. We just need to find the right balance."