​Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has heaped the praise on his 'extraordinary group' of players after their dramatic 1-0 win over title rivals Lazio.


The game was an even affair - with neither team really testing the opposing keeper. In fact, ​Juventus didn't record a shot at goal until Paulo Dybala popped up in the 93rd minute of the game to tuck the ball past Thomas Strakosha and hand Juventus all three points.

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Speaking to the club's ​official website after the game, Allegri admitted he could only smile as he watched Dybala's late strike sit the back of the net. He said: "I had to laugh because football is bestial, it's nice to win like this. We lost a Super Cup in the last minute and today we won with a goal in the final minute."


It was Dybala's first start since January 6th after he was forced off with a hamstring injury during Juve's 1-0 win over Cagliari, and the Bianconeri look to have got their star man back just in time for the run in to the end of the season.

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Allegri also went on to praise his side for their performance after enduring a further 120 minutes earlier in the week during their Coppa Italia semi final against Atalanta. He added: "The guys were good, we played the way we had to, staying in the match until the very end. 


"I told the team that it would be a tough and difficult match. It took a bit of patience because both we and Lazio played on Wednesday for 120 minutes, and one moment could have decided the game. It was important to leave the Olimpico with a positive result, even a draw would have been good."

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The manager also praised the opposition for their defensive set up, however also labelled his played as an 'extraordinary group' after their display. 


He said: "Lazio is physically strong and they defended very well, so we encountered some difficulties. But this is a group of very extraordinary guys and they deserved this victory."


Juve now temporarily cup the deficit at the top of ​Serie A to one point with league leaders ​Napoli hosting Roma on Saturday night. They will take plenty of confidence heading into the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 Tie against ​Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night.

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