Allegri backs Juve duo

12 August 2015 03:02:27 EST
Juve star Paul Pogba.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Paul Pogba can improve further and has backed Mario Mandzukic to impress.

Pogba is understood to be a target for Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea but it seems as if the Frenchman is set for at least one more season in Turin.

Allegri is delighted to have retained the 22-year-old’s services and he feels there is much more to come from his midfield star.

"I think that he has the capability to play as a top player, to understand the flow of the game," the Juve boss said after the 2-0 Supercoppa Italiana win over Lazio on Saturday. "Lest we forget that Pogba has played a lot of games for Juventus in the last few years since he arrived.

"He has grown a lot. And this season we expect a leap from him in terms of presence on the pitch so that his team mates can lean on him."

Juve brought in Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid after Carlos Tevez’s departure, and Allegri feels the Croatian striker will make a big impact in Serie A.

He added: "I think that Mandzukic is a great player otherwise I would not give my approval to bring him in.

"Apart from his character, I think that he moves very well in attack. Apart from the goal, I think he has also showed some good individual skills for our second goal.

"Its normal that he still needs to know his team mates but I would say that I am very happy about his performance especially because he missed a great chance but then recovered immediately after by scoring the opener."

Juve are 1/1 to win the Serie A title this season, Lazio can be backed at 1/1 and Inter Milan are 1/1.

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