Written By Onyeka Daniel

Juventus defeated Frosinone away from home today to reduce the gap between them and Inter Milan at the top of the table to just 1 point, even if the Nerazzurri are yet to play their own round of fixture. The Bianconeri needed a dying minute goal from Serbian striker, Dusan Vlahovic to seal the win and grab all three points.

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He was introduced in the second half, and was decisive for the old Lady, scoring the winner with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Vlahovic admitted that it was ‘difficult’ to accept Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to bench him, but he ‘accepted it’ with no problems: ‘The most important thing is to be always ready.’

“In that goal, there was a desire to win and a desire to help the team and make the fans happy,” the Serbia international told DAZN after the game. “Surely, it’s not easy for a striker to not score or to not score consistently, but I am calm. I work daily to help the team, and I hope to help even more.” How did he take Allegri’s decision to bench him?

“Surely, it wasn’t easy for me to accept the coach’s decision, and I did respect his choice. Given the way he speaks every day, those who are introduced are as important as those who start, especially with five substitutions,” said the Juventus star.


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“It’s almost like two games in one. I was calm before I had worked well during the week, so I only tried to help the team. I wasn’t angry or anything, I knew I could be decisive even from the bench, so I was calm. There are no problems. “Honestly, I’ve always remained calm because you can’t change what happened in the past,” he continued.

“One must live in the present and train to do well in the future. Sometimes things go well, other times they don’t. The most important thing is to be always ready and focused. I’ve worked every day for this with the team’s and the coach’s help. However, the game is over and I am focused on the next match now.” Does he enjoy playing with Arek Milik?

“I am not saying it is easier, it’s nice to play with everyone, we are different players, but sometimes I have more space with Arek. We play well together,” he replied. Vlahovic has now scored six goals in 15 appearances this season, so what can he do to be even more consistent? “I’ve never asked myself this. This is the situation currently,” he admitted.

“I had scored against Inter, I missed a penalty against Monza and I had a chance with Napoli. There are these moments, but I am calm, it was important to score today and help the team. I want to continue because I know the team needs my goals. I always try to be available and do what the coach and the team want.”

Vlahovic had not taken a penalty kick in the previous game against Genoa, letting his teammate Federico Chiesa take it. Will he return taking penalties for Juve? “For sure I will,” he replied.

“I let Chiesa take the penalty the other day, we had talked before the game, and I had told him not to worry because he would have taken it. It’s not because I wasn’t calm. I think he needed it. “We are friends, and he deserves to score too. Sometimes I am happier when he scores than when I score. I have missed two penalties, but I will step up again. It’s all part of the training and I am convinced I will do well.”


It was a dream debut for Turkish striker Kenan Yildiz, who confirmed that his goal celebration was inspired by Alessandro Del Piero and admits he was shocked when he heard his name in the starting XI. Yildiz scored on his debut as a starter for Juventus on Saturday, breaking the deadlock at minute 12 of an away Serie A game against Frosinone.

“For me, this is too great, thanks to everyone. To the fans, they are crazy, look at them! Thanks to the coach who gave me a chance, Grazie a tutti, Grazie mille,” Yildiz told DAZN after the final whistle, mixing English and Italian. The 18-year-old celebrated his debut Serie A goal by sticking out his tongue as he had done after scoring his first international goal for Turkey in November.

It is familiar to Juventus fans who saw legend Alessandro Del Piero celebrate in the same way many times. “I did already last year with the U19, he [Del Piero] is a legend,” said the Turkish starlet. Allegri had said in August that Yildiz had to cut his hair and the striker did it after his Serie A debut as a substitute against Udinese. “The mister is a great coach to me; when he told me to cut my hair, I didn’t wait, and I did what he said. Thanks for everything. He told me to be calm and I had a chance today.”

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Where did he learn he would start against Frosinone? “Yesterday, because it didn’t go well for Federico Chiesa in training,” Yildiz revealed. “Yesterday he [Allegri] told me [I would play], but I wasn’t sure. This morning, he told us the starting XI, and I was like, ‘Wow’, I was a little shocked. It was great to hear my name in the starting XI.” So, how did he sleep last night?

“I slept well; I did normal things because I had done it already, so I thought I was going to do it; I was calm,” he replied. What did his Juventus teammates tell him after the game? “First, they said, ‘You have to pay a dinner for us’,” Yildiz revealed, smiling.

“We are a team, we fight for the fans and everything. We hope to end the season first. Let’s see.” Yildiz concluded by naming his idols and role models. “From Juventus, Zidane, Del Piero and a lot more. Then, of course, Messi and Ronaldo. There isn’t just one. I’ve played in different positions and I’ve watched a lot of videos.” He further added.

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