Saturday March 3 2018
Allegri: 'Football is vicious...'

Max Allegri admits “football is vicious” after Paulo Dybala’s last-gasp winner at Lazio, but Juventus “need a different approach” to Tottenham.

La Joya made his first start in two months and scored the winner in stoppages at the Stadio Olimpico.

“Football is vicious. We fought back for 2-2 and lost the Super Cup to Lazio in the last minute, tonight they were beaten at the last minute.

“It was a difficult game, because Lazio are in third place, they held out well physically and we had very limited options in attack,” said the Coach on Mediaset Premium and Sky Sport Italia.

“We played the game that we had to play and had to come away with the victory. I told the lads that a single incident would decide this match and I was right.

“It wasn’t the best performance on a technical level and we gave the ball away too much, but we were alert on their counter-attacks, as they hurt us in the past with those.

“We had to be wide awake and stay in the running to the very end. I had no doubts on the character of my players and, as always, they were extraordinary.

“We had to stay in it and make the most of the incident that went our way. The goal means a lot for Dybala and the team.”

Juventus rested Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa and Giorgio Chiellini, while Gonzalo Higuain was still out injured with Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio.

The Bianconeri had only one shot on target today, but cannot take that approach to the Champions League at Wembley, as Tottenham drew the first leg 2-2 in Turin.

“On Wednesday we need a very different performance and approach, partly because Tottenham don’t defend as well as Lazio.”

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