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Allegri commends Kean and Spinazzola after Bologna win

Manager’s comments after Juve progress to next the round of the Coppa Italia

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Juventus disposed of Bologna 2-0 in the Round of 16 stage of the Coppa Italia to make it 12 straight times they have qualified for at least the quarterfinals of the annual competition, a new Italian record.

Speaking after the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri was unhappy about his Juve side taking it too lax after taking the lead.

“The guys played well at the beginning and had a good approach. Then after going ahead we made two or three mistakes when trying to score.

“We were moving the ball backwards instead of forwards and then we went asleep a little. We played it safe, conceded two or three shots but then in the second half we reassembled and closed the game.

“I am satisfied with qualification, as it wasn’t easy to win at Bologna in our first game after the winter break.”

Moise Kean got the second goal of the game to kill off the clash early in the second half, while Leonardo Spinazzola’s decent debut was not without errors.

“Kean is young, he needs to grow, but he did well. Leonardo Spinazzola also had a good performance after a long injury lay-off.”

The Bianconeri also welcomed back Federico Bernardeschi.

“The only one who had to stay up front was Kean. The others had to move everywhere and Federico had a good game.

“I’m happy for him because he is back to being the player he was at the beginning of the season.

“This is a time, with [Mario] Mandzukic out that these players become important, or even more important than they were. He will be out for at least a couple of week, certainly.”

Juve head to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for their Supercoppa clash against AC Milan on Wednesday, and defender Medhi Benatia will miss the game after pulling out the Bologna win before kickoff.

“Benatia got hurt with a groin inflammation in the warm-up, so he won’t take part in Jeddah. We’re already without Andrea Barzagli, but hope to have Joao Cancelo back.

“Wednesday is a one-off match, we already lost to them before on penalties, so hope to at least not go through extra time and penalties. We’re ready to play.”