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Written By Onyeka Daniel

Juventus needed a late goal to defeat Monza away from home to temporarily climb to the summit of the Serie A table and their manager, Massimiliano Allegri insists that they ‘can’t stop’ after the 2-1 win, but doesn’t guarantee Dusan Vlahovic will take the next penalty: ‘We’ll see…’

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A Federico Gatti winner gave Juventus all three points in an away game at Monza. Valentin Carboni had scored the equaliser one minute into stoppage time, but Gatti won the game for the Old Lady barely two minutes later. “It’s an important victory because it came against a strong team that plays well,” Allegri told DAZN. “We had chances to double the lead, but they kept possession in the second half.

“We didn’t risk much, but we left too much freedom to Carboni, who is a good player. We reacted immediately. Praise to the lads who strongly wanted to win. “We know it’s hard to win games and all lads are working hard with great desire,” continued Allegri. “We know our limits and we’ll work on them. We need to recover a few players. Danilo returned today, and Alex Sandro played an excellent game, hopefully, Locatelli will stop feeling pain soon.”

Juventus’ victory means the Serie A giants are back at the top of the Serie A table, waiting for Inter‘s away game at Napoli on Sunday. “We can’t stop. On the contrary, we need to continue week in, and week out to remain as close as possible to the top of the table,” argued Allegri.


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“We conceded an avoidable goal. Carboni had already cut inside three times, so we must improve. I can’t blame anyone. We must improve the ball management, especially in the second half when we are a little bit under pressure.” Vlahovic missed a penalty in the first half. It was his third error from the spot in the last five attempts. Will Allegri change Juventus’ penalty-kick taker in the next game? “We’ll see. If a player misses a penalty, it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t retake it,” argued the Old Lady’s boss.

“Dusan played a good game, he remained focused which is the most important thing. For the rest, we’ll see. Technically he played very well.” Juventus had never scored against Monza in Serie A, suffering two defeats from two in the league in 2022-23. “These are three important points away, it was important to win today against a club that didn’t even let us score last season, winning two games from two [in Serie A],” argued Allegri, who then analysed the Serie A title race.

“Napoli can get back, same as Milan. Many games are remaining and a decent winning streak is enough to bounce back. These guys must be helped and supported because they are doing important things. Our target is to qualify for the Champions League.” There have been rumours about Allegri leaving at the end of the season and the Juventus coach joked about it. “When it comes to November, they always speak about my future,” he noted.

“The important thing is that the lads do well. As I said yesterday, the club’s future is the most important thing. They must plan for the next few years, football can be simple with planning. “There is a good environment with Cristiano Giuntoli, Giovanni Manna and Maurizio Scanavino, we are all on the same page. We have a clear target: play in the Champions League next season. We have some young players who are emerging and are important for the UEFA list, this is important.”

DAZN showed a replay apparently proving the corner kick leading to Juventus’ opener should have not been conceded as Vlahovic was the last one to touch the ball before crossing the goal line and Monza manager, Raffaele Palladino gave his reaction to this in his post match interview: “Pessina told me Vlahovic had touched the ball,” revealed Palladino. “I am watching the replay now and it feels like the ball hadn’t gone out completely. It’s a shame because Juventus scored from that corner.” He said.

Meanwhile…

Federico Balzaretti warns Serie A clubs interested in Lazar Samardzic, including Juventus, that Udinese will ‘silence’ their phones in January, confirming that they are unwilling to sell the 21-year-old. Samardzic seemed on the verge of joining Inter over the summer having even completed his medical tests at the Stadio Meazza.

However, his entourage failed to reach an economic agreement with the Nerazzurri, so Serbia International didn’t leave Udine. A host of Serie A clubs, including Juventus, remain interested in Samardzic, but Udinese are unwilling to sell in the January transfer window. “We’ll silence the phone,” Balzaretti said in an interview with Radio Sportiva.

The question was about the future of the 21-year-old and how many calls Balzaretti expects to receive. “We want to keep him at Udinese, we are aware many clubs appreciate him, but he must stay to continue his growth,” insisted the former Italy international. “He’s a pure talent and he reminds me of Miralem Pjanic when he arrived at Roma. I wish him to have the same career in one of Europe’s top clubs.

He has the potential to do the same, but I keep telling him every day that the present will determine his future.” Samardzic has two goals and one assist in 13 Serie A appearances so far this season and his contract at the Friulani runs out in June 2026. Juventus will predictably sign a new central midfielder in January following the suspensions of Paul Pogba and Nicolò Fagioli.

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However, Samardzic is not the only name on the Old Lady’s agenda, as the Bianconeri are also reportedly monitoring the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Rodrigo De Paul and Fabian Ruiz. For Tottenham midfielder, the door seems to be closed after Rodrigo Bentancur sustained a long term injury, meaning that the EPL side will be less inclined towards losing the Danish international in January.

Balzaretti also spoke about Italy and Udinese starlet Simone Pafundi, a 17-year-old called up several times by Roberto Mancini while in charge of the Azzurri despite his lack of playing time in Serie A. “I see a bit of Pastore and a bit of Ilicic in him, he is a great talent,” said Balzaretti.

“He has to work a lot on many aspects, especially resilience. He is not getting much playing time and I believe these struggles and sacrifices will take him on an important path. I think he has everything to get to the high levels with a desire to improve.” He further added.

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