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Allegri: Juve signed Cristiano Ronaldo for the big goals

Manager’s comments after Juve win the Supercoppa

Juventus v AC Milan - Italian Supercup Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images for Lega Serie A

Juventus beat AC Milan to lift the Supercoppa Italiana for a record eighth time. Speaking after the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri commended his side for yet another trophy.

“It was an entertaining game with several chances. We were up against a good Milan that caused us problems, but after the red card we could’ve done better to score a second goal.

“It was very warm and tiring, but we deserved to bring home the trophy thanks to a balanced approach.”

The only goal of the game came from the head of Cristiano Ronaldo who joined the Bianconeri this season.

“We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals, but the whole team put in a good performance.

“There were a few too many counter-attacks, as we should’ve had more moves like the Paulo Dybala disallowed goal. Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back.

“Milan played well, we made a few too many mistakes in our passing. It was a good opening half-hour, but Milan were eager and we had chances where we could’ve made it 2-0, but were a bit hasty in the final ball.”

Explosive winger Douglas Costa left the game late after picking up an injury but the manager was unconcerned.

“It was just cramp. I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference. That’s what we need going forward this season.

“Dybala had a good game between the lines, worked hard to help the team and could perhaps have had more shots on goal, but was closed down by the defenders.”

Allegri also rubbished rumours that Mario Mandzukic was going to miss an extended period of time due to injury.

“Is the Mandžukić injury more serious than expected? That has already been denied.

“I do not know where the reports came from, they made me angry. It was quite a quiet moment and, then, even I laughed.

“I’ll see him when we return tomorrow and I hope he’s better.”