Allegri: We achieved our first target

Massimiliano Allegri praised his charges for not only securing their qualification to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, but by doing it in style, with a 3-1 win over Sevilla, on Tuesday night.

Nicolas Pareja scored first after just nine minutes before Claudio Marchisio levelled from the spot in first-half stoppage time.

And despite competing well for the remainder of the tie, Juventus ultimately sealed the win, with two late goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic.

After the match, a delighted Allegri told the club's official website: "I'm a happy man tonight – above all because we've secured qualification but also because we played well.

"We were better in the first half than in the second yet our opponents scored with their only chance after 10 minutes. After the restart Sevilla closed down all the space. It was no easy task coming here and winning – but we deserved it."

Not content with just qualifying though, Allegri has targeted first place in their Champions League group.

"We've achieved our first target of the season, which was to qualify from our group. Now we have to beat Dinamo to make sure of first place. We also want to end the year top of the league and win in Doha. 

"It's not going to be easy because it's a very busy month. We mustn't get ahead of ourselves; we just have to remain very calm. 

"We needed a win tonight and we got one. Now we have to kick on from here."

Marchisio, meanwhile, has expressed his joy at scoring from the spot, after a number of months out injured.

He said: "All I could think about was keeping it as low as possible, because the pitch wasn’t the best and there were lots of bobbles so I was afraid of placing it too high.

“I was lucky when I struck it because it went under the goalkeeper’s arm and in. It was quite liberating – seeing the ball hit the back of the net and being able to celebrate was amazing after such a long injury.”

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