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Vlahovic hails ´extraordinary´ Di Maria and insists there is more to come from Juventus

SoccerNews in Serie A 15 Aug 2022

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Dusan Vlahovic expressed his delight at the opportunity to play with Angel Di Maria, as the two combined to inspire Juventus to a 3-0 win against Sassuolo.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star opened the deadlock with a bouncing volley and teed up Vlahovic in the second half, which came either side of the Serbian winning and converting a penalty.

Sterner tests will await for Juventus this season, particularly when their Champions League campaign begins next month, but the performance from the two attackers will provide encouragement after last season’s frustrations.

Di Maria’s creativity is likely to add further opportunities for Vlahovic to extend his excellent record for Juventus, and he took the opportunity after the win to praise his new teammate.

“It’s an incredible sensation to play with Di Maria, it’s so pleasing to work with such champions and I thank him for the assist. He had an extraordinary game,” he told DAZN.

Di Maria was not the only debutant to feature, with Bremer also starting and Filip Kostic introduced off the bench in the second half, with Vlahovic clear there is more to come from the side.

“[Kostic and I] play together for Serbia, so it’s nice to have him here. We’re creating a really nice atmosphere in the squad,” he added.

“This is just the start, we won the first game, but we need to keep going with calm and confidence.”

Despite getting a brace to open his account for the season, Vlahovic explained he is not at full strength yet.

“I worked all summer, I am not yet at 100 per cent because I had an issue to deal with that was not easy to get over, this is the second 90-minute game I’ve played since the end of last season,” he explained.

“I am working to get back to 100 per cent, so I can be at the disposal of the team and help achieve more victories.”

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