Allegri hails 'decisive' Ronaldo after Super Cup winner
Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for Juventus against AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana. In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to seal a 1-0 triumph in Jeddah. Franck Kessie was later sent off for Milan, as Ronaldo was able to celebrate a first trophy since joining from Real Madrid in a €112million deal from Real Madrid.
Juve boss Allegri hailed Ronaldo's impact and performance of the team on the whole, even though he felt his side could have been a bit more clinical.
"We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals," he told Rai Sport. "He scored a great goal and moved very well, but the whole team put in a good performance. There were a few too many counter-attacks - we should've had more moves like the [Paulo] Dybala disallowed goal. Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back."
Douglas Costa left the pitch in a gingerly fashion late in the game, but Allegri moved to allay any injury fears. "It was just cramp, he played a good game," Allegri added. "These players know what it means to sacrifice. I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference. That's what we need going forward this season."