Juventus coach has revealed why he benched Paulo Dybala in their Serie A victory over the weekend, and also commented on claims that the Argentine star cannot play alongside five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Goals by Sami Khedira, Ronaldo and Emre Can saw the Turin-based outfit run out 3-0 victors against Sassuolo to maintain their lead at the summit of the league table.
Despite Juve's comprehensive victory, question marks were raised regarding Dybala, who was not handed a starting berth on the weekend.
Dybala, who was forced to apologise following a touchline incident in the Old Lady's 3-3 draw with Parma, came on with minutes left in the victory against Sassuolo, with Allegri having explained the thinking behind his exclusion from the starting XI.
"Sassuolo pass the ball around through the midfield a lot and have more possession in those areas than any other Serie A team," he was quoted as telling Sky Sports Italia.
"We started with a misplaced pass and Szczesny made an extraordinary save, which could’ve easily been a penalty. We started playing eventually and put Federico Bernardeschi on Stefano Sensi to cut off their passing channels.”
"I compliment the team for a clean sheet, which is very important. We’re in good shape. Ronaldo and Dybala can certainly play together and they will do, but we need everyone to work hard in order to keep the team balanced.
"It all depends on who you are playing against. If the opponents are really clammed up, you need to pass around them. If they leave gaps, you pass between the lines. Sassuolo have a strong midfield, so I had to balance my team that way today."
In further discussing why Dybala and Ronaldo were not partnered in attack, the former AC Milan mentor claimed that it was a matter of getting his combinations right.
"Players are disappointed, but every now and then sitting on the bench is necessary to recharge the batteries and rediscover the right mental toughness.
"Different players have different characteristics. Dybala is playing the same role as he did last year and the year before. It’s just having Ronaldo, who is more of a striker, we need someone to find the space. We still need bodies in the box. I got angry in Bergamo because we kept giving the ball to poor Blaise Matuidi, who was the only one following the moves.
"You can play Dybala and Ronaldo, it just depends on the situations. Ronaldo played with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, so it’s not like they’re insane at Real Madrid.
"Everyone needs the right partner. Mario Mandzukic is very helpful for Dybala and for Ronaldo. Miralem Pjanic needs a Matuidi who does the running for him."
Dybala has made a total of 28 appearances in all competitions thus far this season, finding the back of the net on seven occasions, while being on hand to register a further six strikes.
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