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Allegri: 'Juve sent a signal'

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Max Allegri believes the 3-1 win over Milan “sends a signal” that Juventus are back on track and praised Sami Khedira’s intelligence.

Leonardo Bonucci had cancelled out the Paulo Dybala opener, but late on Khedira provided an assist for Juan Cuadrado’s diving header and then scored the third himself.

“I’m happy for Bonucci that he got a goal, but I’m even happier that Juventus won,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

“It was important to get back to winning ways against Milan, who are in good shape. We scored, then ground to a halt. The lads did well to bring the result home in a difficult fixture and to increase our lead at the top of the table. Wins like this send a signal.

“Khedira is a world class player and he knows how to read the crucial moments of a match. That is very important, as in some moments you need certain players and at others you can change and introduce substitutes who can turn it around.

“We really could’ve done with a player like Khedira against SPAL, as he is so intelligent. At times he might seem slow or error-prone, but he reads the game so well and emerges in the long run.”

This was Cuadrado’s first appearance since December 23 and the Colombian got the goal.

“Cuadrado amazed me, in a good way. In the past he would sometimes struggle coming off the bench, but he made an immediate impact.”

Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw by Sassuolo today, so if Juventus pick up 99 points, they can mathematically seal the Scudetto.

“We must continue taking it one game at a time and try to win them all.”

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