Soccer News: Allegri rejoices in Juve’s victory against Chelsea holders

    Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri stressed the importance of beating Chelsea after their underperforming side overtook the Champions League holders to preserve their 100% Group H record.

    Federico Chiesa scored his first goal in Opta’s Champions League record resumption when Juve beat Chelsea 1-0 in Turin on Wednesday.

    Juve have made it to the blockbuster showdown with just two wins in the first six Serie A games this season, even though they overtook Malmo in the first Champions League game.

    It is only the fourth time that Juve have won the first two matches of the Champions League group stage without suffering even one: the last two (this season and 2018-19) were under Allegri.

    Allegri enjoyed the result as Juve continues to grow in their second stint at the Italian giants, after replacing Andrea Pirlo in the off-season.

    “It was important to get the three points, this victory is a step forward to pass the group stage,” Allegri told reporters.

    “It is also important for the boys because they have won against the European champions. This victory is good for all of us because it raises the morale of the team.

    “We played well against a very physical team; the team was very organized in defense. We didn’t concede much, we also had a few opportunities and in some moments we could have done better in managing the ball.

    “This helps us to understand that great goals are also achieved through this type of games.”

    Juve are unbeaten in their last four Champions League matches against Chelsea (V2 P2), winning the last two without conceding a goal.

    The bianconeri have won 12 of the last 13 matches of the Champions League group stage (1P), winning each of the last four without conceding a goal.

    Allegri added: “There are no shifts. It is a game that allows us to reach six points and certainly look to the champions with more optimism to try to go through. Then the championship is another thing.

    The team has understood: because when you manage to have possession of the ball, to dominate the field, then we keep the ball. When you have an opponent who still doesn’t allow it, it’s normal that you have to adapt and you have to play a defensive game. ”

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