01.09.2018 23:55 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: “The real season starts after the break”

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    “It wasn't easy to come here and beat Parma. They're extremely well drilled and can hurt you on the break”

    Massimiliano Allegri asked his players for three points so everyone could enjoy a few days' rest going into the international break and three points is what he got.

    Speaking after the 2-1 win over Parma, which saw Juve make it three wins from three in Serie A, the boss said: “The lads did a great job and we can enjoy the international break now.

    “It wasn't easy because Juve have found it tough here at the Tardini on recent visits. Parma are an extremely well-drilled side. They're dangerous on the counter and they caused problems for us in the first half.

    “We sorted ourselves out after the break, kept things tidier defensively and ultimately we deserved to win it, but we came under too much pressure in the first half.

    “When we were able to peg the opposition back towards their area we looked a threat and ran few risks ourselves, but when we played the ball out quickly we risked getting caught on the break ourselves. We needed to be a bit more patient in our build-up play.”

    Allegri went on to comment on some of his players' individual performances, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is yet to open his Juve account.

    “Italian football presents different problems and it takes time. He's not getting the rub of the green at the moment either – the ball is not bouncing right for him or he's shooting just off target.

    “We'll all be fresher after the break and that's when the real season starts.

    “Federico Bernardeschi has come on loads physically, technically and mentally too.

    “Mario Mandzukic works really hard for the team. I didn't expect him to be in this condition after the World Cup but I'm really happy for him and for the team.”

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