Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that it was always planned for Douglas Costa to come on, after their 3-0 win against Sampdoria enabled them to increase their lead at the top of the Serie A to six points
The Bayern Munich loanee was bought on in the place of the injured Miralem Pjanic before the break and proved to be key aspect of their victory with Costa assisting all three goals in his man-of-the-match performance.
“I have to thank Miralem Pjanic, as his injury allowed me to make the change. Douglas Costa was meant to come on, not quite that early, but it was part of the plan. Samp play and defend centrally, so we had to spread them out and go round them with crosses from the flanks.” revealed Allegri, according to BlackWhiteReadAllOver.
“We are absolutely not favourites for the Scudetto. I want to thank everyone today, because it’s not easy to win like this after such a draining experience as the Champions League.
“We played with focus, calm and intelligence. Then Pjanic did the rest! He just had a thigh twinge and it was best to come off.”
The Italian coach had caused concern about his future at Turin in a pre-match press conference, but later assured fans that the meeting he will have with the Juventus board is just part of the procedure at the club.
“Maybe my words were misunderstood. I simply said that every March-April we meet to plan the future. I am happy here, I am fully in sync with the club. I go on vacation when the transfer window opens, as I trust the club completely.” said Allegri.
“We still need to pick some objectives. If we don’t win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia, they might not still want me! We’ll talk it over the way we always do, every year, there’s no difference.”