Ronaldo mentally stronger than others, says Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri said Cristiano Ronaldo is mentally stronger than others as the Juventus head coach praised the superstar following his goalscoring display against Frosinone.

Ronaldo put Champions League heartache aside to lead Serie A holders Juve to a hard-fought 2-0 win at Frosinone on Sunday.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was reduced to tears after being sent off against Valencia in the Champions League in his debut with Juventus in the competition.

But the former Real Madrid forward redeemed himself with Juve’s 81st-minute opener, which proved the winner in the contest against the struggling Serie A side.

The victory saw Juventus continue their perfect start to the season, winning their five league contests and their lone European match. 

Chances did go begging for Ronaldo but the 33-year-old remained composed to deliver, much to the delight of Allegri.

“Cristiano Ronaldo had many chances and that happens because good balls always end to players that are able to score goals in the box,” Allegri said.

“He missed some of these chances, in a few occasions he has been unlucky with the rebounds, but his strength is the fact that he is always into the match, even if he doesn’t score straight away.

“And that’s what happened because to score a goal like that towards the end means that he has a mentality stronger than the others.”

Ronaldo has now scored three goals in his past two Serie A matches as Juve top the league standings by three points after five games.

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MLS Review: Ibrahimovic scores as Galaxy end seven-game skid, Dallas reclaim top spot in west

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target as LA Galaxy ended their winless streak in MLS, while FC Dallas returned to the Western Conference summit.

The Galaxy had gone seven matches without victory – prompting the resignation of head coach Sigi Schmid prior to last week’s 5-3 defeat to Toronto.

LA conceded 11 goals in two games and failed to keep a clean sheet during their skid, however, that changed thanks to Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders.

Ibrahimovic – who scored his 500th career goal against Toronto – broke the deadlock in the ninth minute before Ola Kamara and Emmanuel Boateng got in on the action at StubHub Center.

The Sounders had won nine successive games prior to last week’s loss to Philadelphia Union and Seattle crashed to another defeat as Ibrahimovic opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Kamara was fouled by Brad Smith.

Kamara doubled the lead within five minutes of half-time when he tapped in Romain Alessandrini’s low cross and Boateng sealed the victory in the 52nd minute.

With the win, the Galaxy closed the gap on sixth-placed Seattle to just three points in the west.

Staying in the west, Dallas leapfrogged Sporting Kansas City atop the standings following contrasting results.

Dallas jumped out on the Vancouver Whitecaps after Harold Mosquera gave them a lead just before the half.

Kei Kamara brought the Whitecaps level in the 66th minute, only for Matt Hedges to score an 87th-minute Dallas winner, to send the visitors home happy.

The result allowed the Galaxy to pass the Whitecaps in the standings, while a surprise earlier in the day helped Dallas to the top spot.

A relatively full-strength Sporting KC squared off against the Philadelphia Union, who were resting many players in anticipation of their U.S. Open Cup final.

However, visiting SKC lost 2-0, and allowed Dallas to move two points clear in the Western Conference.

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Pogba: Struggling Sanchez will deliver at Man United

Paul Pogba is confident under-fire Alexis Sanchez will come good at Manchester United amid his team-mate’s struggles to impress.

Sanchez was an unused substitute in the Red Devils’ midweek Champions League clash but came back into the team over Anthony Martial despite the latter scoring against Young Boys.

However, Sanchez was substituted and heavily scrutinised following United’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to promoted Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

Expectations were high after Sanchez swapped Arsenal for rivals United in January but the former Barcelona forward has failed to justify the huge outlay at Old Trafford, where the Chilean has only managed three goals and none this season.

But United star Pogba, who has voiced his desire for more attacking football from the club,  is adamant the 29-year-old will overcome his woes in Manchester.

“What you have to know about Alexis is he is a hard worker,” Pogba said. “He trains very well, he always tries to help the team, talks with the team and everything. He will get used to it.

“When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have.

“It’s not that he is playing bad. We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I’m sure he will. I’m sure he will.

“But he’s not playing bad and he keeps being positive, so that’s the good thing we have to think about.”

United are back in action against Derby County in the EFL Cup on Tuesday before travelling to West Ham for Saturday’s Premier League clash.

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Allegri reveals why Juventus star Dybala is struggling

Massimiliano Allegri pinpointed fitness as the reason behind Paulo Dybala’s waning form following a largely anonymous display against Frosinone.

Dybala, 24, is yet to find his feet in a forward line rejigged to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved on from his Champions League red card by scoring a late opener in Sunday’s 2-0 victory .

Federico Bernardeschi came off the bench to add a second in stoppage time and issue Allegri a reminder of the attacking options at his disposal.

But Dybala simply needs more opportunities, according to the Juventus manager, with the Argentina attacker having been restricted to three starts out of six Serie A games this season.

“He needs to play. I’ve always said Paulo’s best physical attribute is his running,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“He did some good things today. But he has to play. His technique and dribbling is useful and it will get better with fitness.

Paulo Dybala Juventus 2018-19

“Dybala has no need to feel this performance anxiety. You can be the best player in the world, but if you’re not at 100 per cent mentally, the others will get to the ball faster.

“Mario Mandzukic is always first to the ball, but today he was a little less sharp because of fatigue, it’s natural.

“We were expecting a difficult game and that’s what we got. As the time advanced it got harder and harder to score a goal but we finally did thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.” 

Frosinone managed to frustrate the champions until Ronaldo finally made the breakthrough in the 81st minute.

Defeat leaves Moreno Longo’s men above only Chievo – who have had a points deduction – and without a goal to their credit this term.

“It’s a shame. We did well for almost the entire match and a few minutes from the end I thought we could get a draw,” Longo said.

“On paper this could have been lost from the beginning, but that was not the case.”

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‘Two-faced’ AC Milan must improve – Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso described AC Milan as “two-faced” after his team conceded an injury time equaliser against Atalanta.

Gonzalo Higuain gave Milan a second-minute lead and Giacomo Bonaventura restored the advantage after Alejandro Gomez’s equaliser.

But with Milan seemingly on track for victory at San Siro, substitute Emiliano Rigoni scored in the first minute of added time to earn Atalanta a draw.

Milan have won one of their last four Serie A matches to sit in the bottom half of the table and Gattuso could not contain his frustration after seeing his side drop points again.

“There is great regret, we are a two-faced team,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “We played a great first half, in the last half hour we struggled and we suffered against our opponents.

“It has been happening for four games this time; sometimes we play good football, but that’s not enough, we have to do more.

“We have to improve because if you do not close the games it is normal that they can then become a problem. This is the aspect to be improved.

“Another aspect not to be underestimated is that we struggle to change the type of game and take a few second balls. Even in these aspects we must grow.

“Playing well is not enough and is not synonymous with victory. We last too little, we give 30-40 minutes and then leave the opponents to the field.”

Milan missed their target of Champions League qualification last season and they are already well off the pace, although they have a game in hand.

“I know that we played well,” added Gattuso. “But now I would prefer to play badly and have more points in the standings.

“We are giving good performances, but we need continuity of play and mentality. We cannot suffer and keep the field well for 90 minutes.

“There are no alibis. This is a young team, with room for improvement, but we cannot lose ourselves on the way. It’s a fact that what we do is not enough, it’s a team problem.

“Today we had a great first half, but the last half hour worries me.”

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