Maurizio Sarri Admits Surprise at Sensational Paulo Dybala Winner in Champions League

​Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has heaped praise on Paulo Dybala after the Argentine scored from an improbable angle to help win side secure a win over Átletico Madrid on Tuesday night. 

Remarkably, Dybala managed to whip in a free-kick from about a yard in front of the byline, with the power and curve on the shot proving too much for Jan Oblak.

The goal was enough to ensure ​Juventus ran out 1-0 winners, however Sarri admitted after the game that he was initially not happy to see the Argentine shooting from such a tight angle.

Maurizio Sarri

Dybala scored a goal that no one could have advised him to do,” the Italian said after the match, as reported by ​The Mirror. 

“The first thing a coach says in that situation is ‘what the f*** are you doing shooting from there for?’

“Therefore what he did was extraordinary and he deserved the applause he got. It was due to him for his performance and also the technical skill, which was extraordinary.”


Dybala is in fine form at the moment and his goal on Tuesday was the third he has scored for the Old Lady in as many games – taking his tally for the season up to four. 

The 26-year-old has also registered two assists and Sarri continued to praise the striker in his post-match press conference. 

Dybala is world-class, in a very positive period of form, so right now he is making the difference,” added the former ​Chelsea​ boss.

Juventus v Atletico Madrid: Group D - UEFA Champions League

The victory ensured that Juventus will progress to the last 16 as Group D winners.

Sarri has made a fine start to life at the Allianz Stadium and his side also sit atop of Serie A having not lost a game in all competitions since he took over at the beginning of the season.

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