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Dybala: Pjanic’s goal was crucial for Juventus

Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus, SPAL
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Paulo Dybala believes Miralem Pjanic’s opening goal gave Juventus the breakthrough they desperately needed during their 2-0 win over SPAL.

After impressing last time out at Brescia, Dybala got the nod over Gonzalo Higuain to partner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Juventus attack. And he didn’t disappoint by perfectly assisting the club’s star man for their second goal against SPAL.

Although it took a while for Juventus to break the deadlock in Turin thanks to the fine form of SPAL keeper Etrit Berisha.

But Pjanic finally broke the visitors’ resistance by banging in a brilliant half-volley from outside the area just moments before the break. Therefore, it forced SPAL to come out and attack Juventus in search of an equaliser.

Ronaldo, who was denied by Berisha’s brilliance for much of the game, then finally got his goal by heading in Dybala’s cross in the 78th-minute.

“It’s important to win these games,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up.

“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances. The goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.

“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.”

Juventus now go top of the Serie A table on 16 points from six games until, at least, Inter Milan have played Sampdoria later this evening.

Nevertheless, Maurizio Sarri’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen in Group D.

And Dybala refuses to take the German club lightly despite many seeing Juventus as favourites to win in Turin.

“Every game is important and difficult in the Champions League,” added the Argentine.

“Also, don’t forget we were 2-0 up against Atletico Madrid and conceded two goals in a few minutes.”

Paulo Dybala, Juventus, SPAL
TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 28: Paulo Dybala (R) of Juventus FC competes for the ball with Francesco Vicari (L) of SPAL during the Serie A match between Juventus and SPAL at Allianz Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)