Gonzalo Higuain continues his good form for Juventus by picking up a brace against Serie A strugglers Cagliari as the Bianconeri celebrates their 100th game under coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The Argentinian dinked a shot past Cagliari keeper Rafael from Claudio Marchisio’s pass before half-time, and slid Paulo Dybala’s pass under Rafael two minutes after the interval to become this season’s joint top scorer in Serie A with 18 goals.
The scoreline did not change and home side Cagliari eventually lost the game by 2-0; however, they already looked down and out after their midfielder Nicolo Barella was sent off for a second bookable offense. Indeed, he had been the best player for the team before he caught Miralem Pjanic late from a throw-in.
On the other hand, it was a fifth successive Serie A win for Allegri’s side, which in turn restored their seven-point lead after it had been cut down to four by wins for Napoli and Roma earlier in the week.
While Allegri himself had often been linked with a move to Arsenal amidst rumours of Arsene Wenger’s departure in the summer, the Italian insisted that he wants to stay for “another 300 or 400 games” as Juve boss.
“Regarding my future, I cannot deny something I have never said,” Allegri said. “Secondly, I cannot confirm something fake.”
“I am the Juventus manager. My contract will expire in 2018. I am happy here. As I said, we have a season to end in the best way.”
“When it’s time, I will speak with the club. We will talk. It’s normal. It’s about planning. Other things are gossip.”
Juventus will play Palermo next in the Serie A, before travelling to Porto for their first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 match.