Allegri: Juventus needs to be more clinical

Published on: 16 September 2018

After a fairly routine win over Sassuolo, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri feels his side needs to be a bit more clinical in the final third of the pitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the headlines as his first and second goals for Juventus gave the Bianconeri a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

“The team did well for 60 minutes and then we got the goal,” Allegri told the press. “In the final third we have to do a few things differently, and we paid with the sending off at the end.

“We have to play with a little more composure, we played more as individuals. I also have to give congratulations to Sassuolo who created a lot of problems.

“At the start the players tried to do everything to get Cristiano Ronaldo his goal. Today was positive, seeing Inter and Roma drop points meant we had to win.”

At the end of the game Douglas Costa was sent off for spitting in the face of Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco.

“He has to have a different attitude,” Allegri went on. “The match wasn’t a bullfight. He started well, and I was surprised by his reaction. He was fouled but it wasn’t whistled and that didn’t help.

“We had scored and a straight red card will mean a long suspension and we can’t fall into traps like that. He [Douglas Costa] will be fined by the club.”

A surprise starter for Juventus was Paulo Dybala who had started the last two Juventus matches from the bench.

“Dybala had a good game,” Allegri went on. “He kept the ball well and played a technically good game.

“He was the only player who was connecting the midfield and attack. He only came back from international duty on Thursday, so I’m happy.

“He convinced me because against Parma he want on with a different attitude.”