Juventus swept aside Young Boys 3-0 to maintain their good start to the Champions League group stages, with Paulo Dybala scoring a hattrick and could have had a few more too.
After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted that this was not near the final product he envisioned.
“We started well and took the earl lead, only really feeling the danger once and Wojciech Szczesny did well to push the forward wide when we were temporarily down to 10.
“We had plenty of chances and should’ve scored more goals with greater sharpness when going on the counter.”
Dybala’s hattrick today made him only the fourth Juve player to achieve that feat in the Champions League, after Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero, and Arturo Vidal.
“I am happy for him, he is improving and playing with greater consistency, but everyone played well this evening and showed maturity against an organised Young Boys side. They are a physical team and tried to block us off in any way possible, so it was tough.
“I always said that Dybala’s greatest quality is his ability to make the team play and then go to finish off the move at the end. Tonight he did that brilliantly.”
Federico Bernardeschi started the game in a central trequartista role behind the two strikers, but moved out to the wing soon after.
“Initially, he was getting in the way of Dybala, so I put Bernardeschi where he likes to play the best, wide right. Federico had a good game, he often attacks the space, but I told him off because there were the chances to set up teammates and he insisted on going for goal himself.
“We had different players and therefore played a little differently today. What counts is covering the pitch effectively. We had to control the game more and not sit back, because goal difference can be crucial for top spot.”
The Bianconeri are now nine for nine this season in all competitions.
“We are in good form, but not yet optimal. We needed to score more goals today and we had the opportunities. Now we have another tough test in Serie A against Udinese on Saturday and must prepare on a psychological level.
“I think our qualification and first place in the Champions League group will be decided over the two games with Manchester United and Valencia in Turin.”
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