Massimiliano Allegri heaps praise on Paulo Dybala after comfortable Juventus win

Allegri heaps praise on Dybala after comfortable Juventus win
By PA Sport

17/09/2017 at 17:26Updated 17/09/2017 at 17:55

Massimiliano Allegri hailed forward Paulo Dybala after his hat-trick fired Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Sassuolo.

The Argentina international marked his 100th game for the club with his second treble of the campaign, opening the scoring in the first half before bagging another two after the break.

And Allegri, whose side returned to a share of top spot in the Serie A table, heaped praise on the 23-year-old but stressed he can still get better.

He told Juve's official website: "He still has room for improvement, but at times he's just unplayable. He's turning into an extraordinary player."

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)Getty Images

Juventus enjoyed a strong start to the match, taking the lead after 16 minutes when Dybala curled the ball past home goalkeeper Andrea Consigli from 25 yards to take his tally for the Old Lady to 50 goals.

The visitors doubled their advantage four minutes after the break courtesy of another brilliant Dybala strike but conceded just two minutes later, with Matteo Politano bundling in from close range.

Dybala then added a third in the 63rd minute, floating in a superb free-kick from 22 yards to put the game out of Sassuolo's reach.

Allegri added: "You have to hand it to the lads. There were only a couple of minutes when we lost control - sometimes you read the game wrongly, but then you have to get back on it and that's what we did.

"At the back we just need to get all the cogs working but at this point last season we'd conceded four goals in the league when we've only conceded three this time around."

Sassuolo sit 17th in the table after taking just one point from their opening four games.

Boss Cristian Bucchi also praised Dybala following his match-winning display.

Quoted by his club's official Twitter account, Bucchi said: "I saw encouraging signs. Dybala is a great champion."