Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has stressed that Paulo Dybala is not the heir to club legend Alessandro Del Piero.
Del Piero is Juve’s record appearance-maker and goalscorer after a glittering 19-year association with the club that yielded six Serie A titles and one Champions League.
Dybala’s superb debut season in Turin has led to comparisons being made with World Cup-winner Del Piero.
But, speaking after the Argentinian striker scored twice in Juve’s 3-0 win over Lazio on Wednesday, Allegri said: “Dybala is not the new Del Piero. They have different characteristics.
“Paulo is the glue between midfield and attack. He is different than Del Piero.
“Paulo has improved a lot this season. I expected him to perform like this. He is a clever guy who has clear objectives. He plays quite far away from the goal and has grown a lot.
“He has to follow his own path. He has improved a lot this season and he must keep on developing next term.”
Dybala has scored 16 Serie A goals this season, a total bettered only by his compatriot and Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain.
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