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Allegri happy as Juventus selection earns Roma win

Juventus coach Max Allegri stood by his team selection for their 1-0 win over Roma.

Medhi Benatia scored the only goal of the game, but late on Alessandro Florenzi's chip hit the bar and Wojciech Szczesny performed a desperate save on Patrik Schick.

“It was a good game, but we didn't finish it off and then struggled at the end," Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

“We could've had more goals, but winning 1-0 is always a nice feeling. In truth, we gifted the last chance to Roma and others too when we should've been comfortable."

For the third Serie A game in a row, Allegri dropped Paulo Dybala and used Blaise Matuidi in a 4-3-3 formation.

“Matuidi and the midfielders like Miralem Pjanic are important to push forward into spaces. Paulo is absolutely not a problem for Juventus. The problem would be not having him. At this moment, that's just how things are, but it's a long season, there are many games and we will need his goals.

"There are moments when you need some players and moments when you need others. Today we needed solidity. If Dybala had come off the bench, he would've done well tonight.

“Dybala understands the moment, he respects the decisions and the whole squad wins the game. On Wednesday he put in a great performance in the Coppa Italia against Genoa and I explained when he arrived that he can't really be a centre-forward."

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