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Massimiliano Allegri on the win and Carlos Tevez's contribution


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was delighted after the Bianconeri battled their way past a stubborn Malmo side in the Champions League.

In recent years the reigning Italian champions struggled to impose themselves in Europe but two goals from striker Carlos Tevez kicked-off their Champions League campaign in style.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game," Allegri told reporters after the match.

"It means a team has quality when they qualify from two play-off rounds, they are also way ahead of us in their league.

"They defended well, they also had a chance on the counter in the first half and I'm convinced getting a positive result in Sweden will be tough for everyone."

The Argentinean was in top form as he grabbed both goals in the second half of the game but the coach rejected suggestions that his team are overly dependent on the 30-year-old.

"He has to be an important player for Juventus," added Allegri.

"And just like all other players he becomes vital in the squad.

"But luckily he's a Juventus player, I have him in my team and it's normal to expect these type of games from him.

"But in the second half the other players did well too.

"We were a little disorganised in the first half even if we had chances to score and we this is where we have to improve."

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