Allegri wants Euro form in Serie A

TURIN (Italy) • It was a night for matching a Champions League club record but Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri quickly demanded his embattled side overhaul their poor league form and get back to the business of winning in the Italian Serie A.

Juventus welcomed Europa League champions Sevilla to Turin on Wednesday looking to prove that the poor domestic form that has seen them slump to 15th in Serie A is simply a blip.

By the end of a one-sided match that saw the hosts beat the listless Spanish side 2-0 thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza, Juve fans breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian champions went top of the group.

All Allegri wants now is to see Juve replicate Wednesday's performance for the remainder of their Serie A season following a miserable start that has left them 10 points adrift of leaders Fiorentina.

Juventus face struggling Bologna this weekend in what will be their seventh league outing and Allegri added: "Now, we have to start focusing on our next game."

While Juventus' confidence in domestic action has sunk in recent weeks, they appear transformed on the European stage.

Against Sevilla, they were in complete command. They finally broke the deadlock on 41 minutes when Morata rose above the Sevilla defence to meet Juan Cuadrado's delivery from the right byeline and beat Sergio Rico down low at his far post. The striker has now scored at least once in his last five Champions League games - equalling a record held by retired Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero.

Three minutes from the final whistle, Paulo Dybala did well to hold off two markers to set Zaza on a run from midfield to the edge of the six-yard box where the Italy striker scored an angled drive.

"We created a few great opportunities tonight but there's still work to be done," Morata told Mediaset Premium.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline 'Allegri wants Euro form in Serie A'. Print Edition | Subscribe