Paulo Dybala came off the bench to lead a heavily rotated Juventus squad to a 3-0 victory over Chievo.
Paulo Dybala came off the bench to lead a heavily rotated Juventus squad to a 3-0 victory over Chievo.
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Paulo Dybala can become one of the best players in the world after the forward came off the bench to help them to a 3-0 victory over Chievo on Saturday.

Allegri, who has seen his side score 10 goals in their opening three matches, told Mediaset Premium that Dybala — who set up a goal for Gonzalo Higuain and scored himself — had the ability to become one of the greats.

He said: “Dybala is improving a great deal and has everything it takes to become, along with Neymar after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, one of the best players in the world.

“His future is with Juventus and I am very happy with that.”

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino echoed those sentiments and said Dybala could be a future Ballon d’Or winner.

Sorrentino, a former Palermo teammate of the Argentina international, added: “I am fortunate enough to know him very well and I am therefore not remotely surprised by how well he’s doing.

“I was able to play with Dybala for two-and-a-half years, so imagine the number of times I had to fly to my right and left in training.

“He can still improve a great deal and will become the best. He has everything it takes to win the Ballon d’Or — I just hope that, when it happens, he invites me to the party.”

Despite the ultimately comfortable Juventus win, Allegri urged his side to keep improving, adding: “We allowed a few too many shots on target.

“That is something we need to work on and improve on, but it was good to keep a clean sheet.

“At times it makes me smile when people say we do or don’t play good football.

“What does that even mean? Some games you win playing well, others you win playing less well.”

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