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Allegri: Fitness issues behind Dybala’s struggles

Frosinone Calcio v Juventus - Serie A
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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Paulo Dybala’s struggles have come down to a lack of overall fitness

The Argentine forward was overshadowed by his illustrious teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday’s Serie A game at Frosinone with the Portuguese striker opening the scoring before substitute Federico Bernardeschi sealed a 2-0 win for Juventus.

But Allegri feels that Dybala, who has made just three starts in six games, will improve as he gains more opportunities.

“He needs to play. I’ve always said Paulo’s best physical attribute is his running,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“He did some good things today. But he has to play. His technique and dribbling is useful and it will get better with fitness.

“Dybala has no need to feel this performance anxiety. You can be the best player in the world, but if you’re not at 100 per cent mentally, the others will get to the ball faster.

“Mario Mandzukic is always first to the ball, but today he was a little less sharp because of fatigue, it’s natural.

“We were expecting a difficult game and that’s what we got. As the time advanced it got harder and harder to score a goal but we finally did thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Juventus, who are the only Italian side to win all five of their opening games, will next face Bologna on Wednesday in another Serie A clash.