Juventus boss Max Allegri thoroughly enjoyed last week's Champions League action. "I had a lot of fun," he said. "When you watch games like these you always come away with ideas. Things you can put into practice and learn from."
Allegri didn't elaborate too much on exactly what. Instead he used the opportunity to reinforce his point that, at this level, the difference is often made by skill and technical excellence. "It's enough to watch Luka Modric," he said.
Defeating Palermo 4-1 to make it 29 consecutive wins at home, Juventus were professional and clinical, scoring another early goal to demonstrate their might and gain an early upper hand.
Under Diego Lopez, Palermo have proved more organised and made a good effort in the first half to block Juventus and even created chances of their own. However, individual errors allowed the home side to capitalise and score the goals required to seal what wound up being an easy win.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a small piece of personal history at Old Trafford on Thursday when he scored his first hat trick for Manchester United.
But the veteran striker is no stranger to trebles -- his haul vs. St Etienne, in United's 3-0 Europa League round-of-32 first-leg win, marked the 17th time in his career that he has scored three or more goals in a match.
Here, we list all of Ibrahimovic's hat tricks and ESPN FC correspondents pick five of the best from the 35-year-old's illustrious career.
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Juventus broke the bank for Gonzalo Higuain, and boast Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Marko Pjaca -- do they really need Alexis Sanchez?
According to recent reports, the Old Lady has reportedly set her sights on the Chilean currently plying his trade in England with Arsenal. A player who already understands Italian football and has demonstrated his winning mentality on so many occasions, here are the reasons why Juventus should continue targeting Sanchez.