Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri: Everybody contributed in Sassuolo victory

  • Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri: Everybody contributed in Sassuolo victory

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri: Everybody contributed in Sassuolo victory

The German dusted himself off to continue, but was substituted five minutes later by Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri and replaced by Rodrigo Bentancur. Sassuolo have a strong midfield, so I had to balance my team that way today.

The Old Lady are at the top of Serie A and have not lost a match in the league this season.

However, there was little sign of the defensive frailties that cost it dearly in last week's 3-3 draw against Parma as the Bianconeri cruised to a 3-0 win at Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday.

"We had a risk early on that [goalkeeper Wojciech] Szczęsny dealt with, but after a quarter of an hour, we started to play".

Since moving to Turin from Real Madrid in a €100million (£88.5m) move last summer, the 34-year-old Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in 23 league appearances, and 20 in 31 appearances in all competitions overall.

Juve might have lacked a creative presence in and around the penalty area with Dybala being dropped but Khedira's all-action display ensured the Argentine playmaker was not missed.

Allegri brought Dybala on for the final seven minutes of the game, by which time goals from Sami Khedira and Ronaldo had put the Serie A champions in control, and Emre Can added a third as the visitors went 11 points clear at the top of the table.

However, AC Milan reclaimed fourth spot with a 3-0 win over Cagliari as January signing Krzysztof Piatek became the first player to score four goals in his first four games for Milan since Mario Balotelli in 2013.

Paqueta dedicated his first goal in Italy to the ten victims of the fire that ripped through buildings at Rio club Flamengo, where he started his career.

"I am living a dream playing for Milan and scoring my first Serie A goal, but it was also a dream for me to be in the Flamengo youth academy and I can't forget those who were experiencing the same thing".

Messi was not at his best and neither was Barcelona, which would even have lost had it not been for Marc Andre ter Stegen's stunning late save to deny Inaki Williams.

Duvan Zapata kept up his scoring streak to help Atalanta come from behind to beat Spal 2-1 and keep up its push for a Champions League place.