Juventus' Paulo Dybala has 'hunger to achieve,' says Massimiliano Allegri
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised Paulo Dybala's "hunger to achieve" after the Argentine forward's latest star performance in the Bianconeri's 3-0 defeat of Hellas Verona on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old former Palermo man scored Juve's opener and provided the assist for the second goal as The Old Lady cruised to their eighth straight Serie A victory at the expense of their overmatched visitors.
Speaking after the game, Allegri said he was content to begin the new year with a win.
"The boys did well to immediately get back into the swing of things after the break," said Allegri. "It's never an easy task.
"We weren't particularly sparkling, especially at the beginning, but we didn't allow our visitors a sniff. We're back amongst the chasing pack. The title winners will be the team that makes the least mistakes."
Dybala has now scored five goals in his last seven Serie A games, and Allegri hailed the Argentina international's desire to achieve.
"As well as opening the scoring, Dybala provided the assist for Bonucci's second -- a thumping header from a left-wing free-kick," Allegri added.
"Paulo Dybala's got a real hunger to achieve his targets and works his socks off."
For his part, Dybala described how he has transitioned so fast since joining the four-time defending champions.
"When I arrived here, I altered my approach, understanding that to have a strong character means everything," Dybala said after the game. "For example, if I lose possession of the ball, I try my utmost to win it back.
"I don't consider myself one of the leaders, as there are so many important and experienced players around, but wearing this shirt comes with a great responsibility and I feel that I've matured here.
"We always need to work for one another, as we did today. It was useful to break the deadlock early on and, after the second goal, we were pretty comfortable before Simone [Zaza] put the game to bed with our third goal."
Dybala's exquisite free-kick goal left no chance for Hellas keeper Pierluigi Gollini. He credited his work on the training pitch for the sweetly-hit strike.
"Looking back at it, I have to admit that I caught the ball well. The keeper wasn't able to get across in time," Dybala said.
"We've been practicing dead-ball situations a lot in training and even have competitions to see who's the most accurate. I've still not won one of these, but I'm delighted to have scored today."