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Alessio happy with performance

Juventus coach Angelo Alessio insists his team did everything but score in Saturday’s 0-0 Serie A draw with Lazio in Turin.

A combination of the crossbar and a string of saves from visiting goalkeeper Federico Marchetti kept Juve at bay.

They now risk seeing their lead at the top of the table cut to two points if Inter Milan beat Cagliari on Sunday.

After the match, Alessio could not pick any faults with Juventus’ display, but felt their continued inability to find the net made the task harder against defensive opponents.

“All that was missing was that elusive goal,” he told reporters. “We created many opportunities, dominating from the first minute onwards, but we weren’t able to score.

“We’re happy about the team’s performance. We dominated and forced Lazio to play a defensive game.

“We’re aware that we didn’t manage to put the ball away, but our way of playing will remain the same – maintain a high tempo and create as much as possible.”

Paul Pogba filled the void left by the suspended Andrea Pirlo, but Alessio does not believe the star midfielder’s absence hindered his side.

“I don’t think his absence was felt,” Alessio said. “There were many corners and free-kicks. We hit the bar through (Leonardo) Bonucci.

“Lazio adopted a defensive game and we did well to squeeze them. I reiterate – all we were missing was that vital breakthrough. It could have been a goal-fest.”

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic admitted Juventus were the stronger side and was very happy to leave Turin with a point.

“We have passed the test and I am happy, even if we suffered a bit too much at the back,” he said.

“We attempted to attack them a few times, but Juventus are too strong and put us under pressure for the entire match. We need to believe a bit more.”

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