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Allegri: I must congratulate our lads

Manager’s comments on VAR and Federico Bernardeschi after controversial win against Fiorentina.

ACF Fiorentina v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Juventus won a somewhat controversial game in Fiorentina (to be fair, when are they not?) with a 2-0 scoreline to help manager Massimiliano Allegri celebrate a memorable 200th game in charge of the Bianconeri.

“It wasn’t easy to stay focused. We have to congratulate the lads and Fiorentina. We started well, but they applied pressure. We played too much on the lines and helped them.

“We risked [conceding] a couple of times and had to end the first half without any damage. The second half was different.

“Matches aren’t all the same. There can be moments of fogginess. The team did well, Dias hitting the post came from a breakaway, where we went wrong.

“In the second half, we didn’t suffer too much. We knew the difficulties we’d face, they’re a young team with good qualities.

“Juventus, when [Fiorentina] began to defend, played in the right way. I must congratulate our lads for what they’re doing.

“We have Napoli, who are behind us, but we mustn’t lose track of the difficulties.”

What was his thinking behind bringing on Douglas Costa?

“I’d say that we found numerical superiority in the middle after he came on. Players like him let you play on an open field.”

How about his thoughts on the penalty that wasn’t given eventually following the referee resorting to VAR?

“I was just waiting for the referee’s decision, it’s him who decides and it’s happened on other occasions. It was a long way, but luckily the penalty was annulled. After that, we started to defend better.

“Did I understand the referee’s decision? It wasn’t clear, I thought there was a foul before it. [Officials] are much more careful with TV images. I only know that I was there waiting.”

Could gamewinner Federico Bernardeschi play a big role against Tottenham in the Champions League game midweek?

“We’ll see, we have to recover first. Going through would be nice, but we have to be careful.

“[Spurs] have excellent technique, but Champions League games are tight. We must play better.”

How about Paulo Dybala, will he play?

“Paulo’s working in a different way to the squad, but we hope he’ll be available.

“It’s very difficult. I can’t take risks with him as he’s a very important player and we need him in the best condition.

“We have four players out, but we can’t rush them back and and then lose them even longer.”