Allegri hails 'extraordinary' Tevez following Juventus' win at Dortmund
Massimiliano Allegri hailed Carlos Tevez as an "extraordinary striker" after the Argentina man's star showing helped Juventus book a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal spot with a 3-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.
Juve headed to Signal Iduna Park for Wednesday's last-16 second-leg tie protecting a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg in Turin. But just like in that match, Tevez opened the scoring â this time the former Manchester City man unleashed a 25-yard effort in just the third minute.
Tevez then turned provider after the break to lay on the assist for Alvaro Morata to end the tie as a contest, before rounding off the scoring with his second and completing a 5-1 aggregate victory.
"Tevez is an extraordinary striker," head coach Allegri told Mediaset. "Not only does he score goals, but he also helps his teammates and the midfield too."
Juve will deservedly draw plaudits for its defensive solidarity and swift counterattacking football, but Allegri believes his side will have to play better to progress even further in the tournament.
"It's a deserved victory, but we can do even better," he added. "We can improve in terms of passing and game management. This squad has everything needed to play even better than they did tonight."
Jurgen Klopp lamented Borussia Dortmund's failure to test Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the Germans crashed out of the UEFA Champions League.
"We were too harmless. If you don't shoot on goal, you can't score," he said. "We can't blame the ball, because it flew fairly well, as you could see with the goal Tevez scored. Every minute the opponent gained in confidence and we ended up having none. Juve were simply better than us, but they also had the perfect start after three minutes."
Captain Mats Hummels agreed that Dortmund failed to recover from the early setback and that it never settled into a second half that Juve dominated.
"The early goal we conceded was surely a shock for us. You can't deny that," Hummels added. "For almost the entire match we failed to create any noteworthy chances.
"In the second half we completely lost our rhythm and in the end the scoreline was deserved. We can't claim that we were at the same level as Juventus."
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