Al­le­gri shows his worth af­ter Ju­ven­tus move closer to tre­ble

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Hav­ing threaded an in­ci­sive ball through for Paulo Dy­bala to set up an­other open­ing, he capped his per­for­mance with an out­stand­ing goal, meet­ing Dani­jel Suba­sic’s punched clear­ance with a full-blooded 25-me­tre vol­ley which caught the goal­keeper out of po­si­tion.

Alves never felt loved by Barcelona where his flam­boy­ant man­ner was of­ten viewed as a lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism by the club’s hi­er­ar­chy.

“I like feel­ing loved and as they did not want me I left,” Alves told ABC de Sevilla ear­lier this year.

He now has a chance to win a re­mark­able fourth Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle, prob­a­bly against his former club’s arch-ri­vals Real Madrid, who took a com­mand­ing lead into the sec­ond leg of their semi-fi­nal against city ri­vals Atletico yes­ter­day.

“I don’t score very of­ten, so I’m happy, but in a way I pre­fer the as­sist to a goal, so ev­ery­one goes home happy,” he said on Tues­day.

Alves cel­e­brated by draw­ing a heart in the air which he said was for his girl­friend.

“She is al­ways there. At this spe­cial mo­ment, I like to re­mem­ber the spe­cial peo­ple in my life and thank ev­ery­one who is with me ev­ery day. This mo­ment is for them.

“This was an op­por­tu­nity that life gave me, to my team mates and to this squad,” he added. Reuters


Ju­ven­tus’s Mario Mandzu­kic scores past Monaco goal­keeper Dani­jel Suba­sic at the Ju­ven­tus Sta­dium in Turin on Tues­day.

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