15.04.2017 18:24 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: "Now we can think about Barcelona"

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    “The lads did well to get the win but we should have used the ball better. Barcelona are going to attack us – the first half an hour will be important”

    Another Serie A win was the perfect way to prepare for a crunch Champions League encounter against Barcelona but before discussing either game Massimiliano Allegri sought to allay fears over Paulo Dybala after the Argentine star was forced off with an injury at Pescara.

    “He's taken a knock and twisted it a little but I think we can be optimistic,” the manager said.

    The hope is that La Joya will recover in time for Wednesday's big match at Camp Nou - which, following the final whistle at the Stadio Adriatico, is now occupying everything's thoughts.

    “Barcelona are going to attack us and the first half an hour will be important,” Allegri continued. “We must set out to score – much like we did against Napoli.

    “Our aim is to score two goals. We must be brave and confident because we can reach the semi-finals but it's not going to be easy.”

    Commenting then on the victory over Pescara – which came courtesy of a Gonzalo Higuain double – the boss explained that he was pleased with the result but not entirely so with the performance.

    “The lads did well to get the win but we should have managed the game better and not wasted energy given the heat out there today.

    “We didn't make the most of the space and we could have done better in possession.”

    Roma's draw against Atalanta means Juve now hold an eight-point advantage at the Serie A summit. How does that alter the title race?

    “At the moment they could finish on 90 points so we need to get 91. We have some tricky matches still to play but for now we'll focus on Wednesday. After that we can think about Genoa.”

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