NEWS
Sunday December 17 2017
Allegri on Dybala: 'It's a team sport'

Max Allegri defended his decision to drop Paulo Dybala after Juventus crushed Bologna 3-0. “Football is a team sport, you take away the I.”

The Bianconeri leapfrogged Inter to go into second place with their 3-0 victory away to Bologna, but Dybala was dropped for the second game running.

“The lads are putting in good performances, improving physically and in terms of solidity, as they allowed nothing at the back,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“Napoli and Inter have done extraordinary things so far this season and we needed something extraordinary to keep up with them. I am happy, now we’ve got to keep going.

“The improved defensive record is thanks to everyone working together. Dybala came on today and did well, but there are moments when a player just isn’t at his best and luck isn’t on his side.

“I have important players, it’s motivating to have competition for places. Of course every player is annoyed when he’s on the bench, the important thing is to react. Football is a team sport, you have to take away the I and rely only on the We.

“Paulo’s talent is beyond doubt, but he also needs to be in good physical and psychological shape.”

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri also made a comment blaming the media for their excessive pressure on the young Argentine, specifically calling him the new Leo Messi.

“I don’t think the media helped by making these comparisons that are frankly damaging. You do it often to young players, they have a couple of good games and are called world-beaters, it’s not healthy.

“When I said it was unlikely Dybala could keep up that early season scoring record, I meant it. The team is in solid form right now, some players are in better shape than others, we could change going forward and use different characteristics.”