Al­le­gri hails ‘leader’ Ron­aldo as Juve hold off Cagliari

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri praised Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s lead­er­ship skills as Ju­ven­tus beat Cagliari 3-1 for their 10th win in 11 games to main­tain their six-point cush­ion at the top of Serie A on Satur­day.

Paulo Dy­bala scored af­ter just 44 sec­onds, with a Filip Bradaric own-goal ac­count­ing for Ju­ven­tus’ sec­ond af­ter 39 min­utes, two min­utes af­ter Joao Pe­dro had pulled the Sar­dini­ans level.

Ron­aldo failed to add to his seven-goal league tally for new club Ju­ven­tus with the Por­tuguese su­per­star hit­ting the wood­work be­fore next week’s Cham­pi­ons League visit by for­mer club Manch­ester United.

But the 33-year-old’s pass across goal set up Colom­bian Juan Cuadrado for his first of the sea­son three min­utes from time in the Al­lianz Sta­dium.

“He has al­ways been a leader and an ex­tra­or­di­nary player, as you saw from the as­sist he put on Cuadrado’s foot,” said Al­le­gri.

“These are dif­fer­ent play­ers who in the de­ci­sive mo­ment al­ways come up with a goal or a great pass.”

Ju­ven­tus have 31 points from 11 games with In­ter and Napoli both on 25 points.

It is the best ever start to a sea­son for the Turin gi­ants who have drawn just one game against Genoa.

Ear­lier, In­ter Mi­lan crushed Genoa 5-0 to re­claim sec­ond spot on goal dif­fer­ence ahead of Napoli, who had eased past Em­poli 5-1 on Fri­day, and keep the pres­sure on the seven-time reign­ing cham­pi­ons.

But Al­le­gri in­sisted: “This isn’t good enough.

“We have to de­fend bet­ter, we con­cede too many goals and risked let­ting in an equaliser in the 85th minute.

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