During an end-to-end contest played at a frenetic pace at Juventus Stadium, Paul Pogba popped up with the winner in tonight’s 3-2 home success over Olympiacos to crown a centenary of appearances in the Bianconeri jersey.
Collecting Fernando Llorente’s square pass on the edge of the opposition area, the young Frenchman swivelled before powering a low drive past Roberto’s despairing dive into the bottom corner.
It was a goal that puts the Bianconeri firmly back in the qualification race for the Champions League knockout stages, and Pogba insists the team must take the momentum from this evening’s win into their remaining two games.
Speaking to reporters in the mixed zone following the final whistle, the 21-year-old began: “It was a pivotal match. It’s all back in our hands, football is like that. We know that we need to carry on winning and it won’t be easy but let’s kick on from here.”
Following injuries to key players at the back, Massimiliano Allegri chose to switch from the team's usual 3-5-2 formation to a 4-3-1-2. The tactical adjustment worked to good effect, and Pogba was quick to praise the new midfield shape adopted for the visit of Olympiacos.
“There’s three of us in central midfield with one further forward. It’s a system that we have tried out in training and it came up trumps for us tonight.”
Juventus now go into the next European encounter away at Malmo level on points with Olympiacos in second position with two more encounters to play.
And the young Frenchman ended his interview by reminding his side to remain focused for the remaining match-ups: “We know that we can’t put a foot wrong in the Champions League. All teams in Europe go out to win and we can’t afford to switch off for a second.”