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Allegri: Important to get first Champions League win

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Manager’s post-match comments

Juventus FC v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus got their first win of the 2016-17 Champions League campaign, beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 away to jump to the top of Group H on goal difference.

After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri was satisfied with the effort, but warned the Bianconeri not to rest on their laurels.

“Dybala got his first goal of the season, I am happy for him and for the team. It was important to get our first Champions League win of the season.

“The side took the right approach. We made some mistakes in the second half, when we could’ve played better, and still need to improve. We need to play cleaner.

“We are working, we’ve only been together for 40 days and there are players who arrived after the Euros. It takes time to get the players into a unit and we’ve had a fairly decent start, all told.”

He expounded on his second half experiments with the game seemingly won by the half.

“When we moved to four at the back to rest Andrea Barzagli, we played with two more attacking wingers. It was also an experiment for the future to see how it worked.

“Cuadrado played at Palermo and tonight, but before that he hadn’t played a game for four months.”

Allegri was humorously asked if his comment that Juventus “can’t win every game 3-0” drove his team to win 4-0 instead.

“I repeat it, as the real challenge for Juventus now is to avoid complacency and the illusion that we’ll win each game easily. As well as improving our overall performance, Juventus must bring home results, keep our feet on the ground and not lose sight of our objectives.

“Don’t forget that achievements are all the sweeter when you must struggle to reach them. We ran a big risk at Palermo on Saturday and struggled to get that win.”