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Allegri: Juventus must score in Monaco


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Massimiliano Allegri was satisfied with Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Monaco in Turin but the Juventus coach is in no doubt that his side will have to score in next week’s quarter-final second-leg clash at the Stade Louis II.

The Bianconeri were made to work hard for their victory, with the Serie A side only managing to break the deadlock from the penalty spot when Arturo Vidal hammered home from 12 yards after Ricardo Carvalho had tripped Alvaro Morata.

Allegri was happy with the final scoreline at Juventus Stadium but he does not feel the Old Lady’s one-goal advantage will be sufficient to progress to the last four.

“The result is good,” the Bianconeri coach told Sky Sport Italia. “Now we have a little advantage, but the return leg will not be easy.

“We know our opponent better now. They were well organised in defence and they have technical and physical attackers who are not supported a lot up front yet still create problems.

“We tried to play too quickly at times. We lacked patience. We had other chances to close out the game but we messed up the final ball too often.

“It was a good game, though, and a well deserved result. Monaco have the best defence in the Champions League and the French championship, so it is difficult to score against them.

“I’m always optimistic but we’ll have to score there.”

However, Allegri believes that Juve will be even better equipped to break Monaco down next week given fit-again duo Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez will both have more game time under their belts.

“Andrea played 70 good minutes, considering he’d not played for 50 days,” the former AC Milan boss added.

“In games like these, his set-pieces are fundamental and he can always give you a hand. We needed his quality and it was his long ball that led to the penalty.

“His condition, like that of Tevez, is not great. But next Wednesday they will both be better.”

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