Allegri: 'Mandzukic extraordinary'

Max Allegri praised “extraordinary” Mario Mandzukic and felt Juventus beat Roma by remaining organised in both attack and defence.

“We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet,” Allegri told DAZN.

“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.

“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.

“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.

“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.”

Mario Mandzukic not only scored the decisive goal, but was also precious tracking back to help the defence.

“He is important because he combines physicality and technique. Mandzukic is an extraordinary player.

“Cristiano Ronaldo had several chances today and happened to run into a goalkeeper having a stunning performance. He may well rest in the next match.”

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