Champions League

Allegri chuffed with 'deserved' win

2018-10-24 11:09
Massimiliano Allegri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was pleased overall with his side's 1-0 win over Manchester United but still sees room for improvement. 

The Bianconeri took the lead at Old Trafford in the 17th minute of the UEFA Champions League Group H encounter on Tuesday night when Paulo Dybala found the back of the net.

The Serie A giants were largely in control for the rest of the game and missed opportunities to increase their margin of victory. 

Despite the relative ease of the win, Allegri still believes there are areas of Juve's game that can be improved upon. 

The win puts the Italian champions at the top of the group with nine points from three games, while United are second with four points. 

"We played a good game and I think we deserved to win. We made some mistakes in the second half and we allowed them to have some goal chances," Allegri told Sky Sports after the game. 

"We defended very well. Our defenders were great tonight. Alex Sandro played a serious game defensively and technically. In the second half, we should have had a better ball possession. We arrived many times close to their area but we always missed the final pass, we have to improve under this point of view. 

"We can play without [Mario] Mandzukic but then wingers and midfielders must fill the area. We did in the first half and we played on [Nemanja] Matic's sides. We didn't give any point of reference. 

"We are improving but we can do more, sometimes we need to understand that we can wait for the opponent to attack. We can wait and counter-attack."

 

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