Udinese visited Juventus to take on the Italian giants. As expected, Juventus outclassed their visitors in almost all ramifications of the match. Paulo Dybala scored in the 19th minute to give Juventus the lead. In the 79th minute, Mckennie sealed the victory for the host.
During the league game, Juventus enjoyed 67 percent of the ball possession, recorded 14 shots, four of which were on target. While Udinese managed 33 percent of the ball possession, 16 shots, three of which were on target.
The 2-0 victory took Juventus to the 5th spot on the league table with 41 points in 22 games, equal points with 4th placed Atalanta which have two games in hand.
After the victory over Udinese, Paulo Dybala argued that Juventus don’t play good football. The 28-year-old Argentine football star stressed that he does not like the fact that when Juventus scores, they go back to defend.
He also stressed that he and his teammates ought to play with more hunger and run harder than their opponents.
“I think we played well, we must try to be more consistent after scoring goals, as too often we score and then start to defend more, become afraid of attacking, and we can’t keep doing that”, Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are Juventus, of course, we are in the running for the Champions League spots and must try to win. We don’t play good football, that is not our strength, so we need to focus on hunger and trying to run harder than anyone else.”
Juventus had a verbal agreement for three months with Paulo Dybala to extend his contract. Bu the club has now decided to to take time and wait "few months/weeks before deciding on new contracts to be extended. ⚪️🇦🇷 #Juve— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2022
That's why Dybala's future is open. Nothing decided yet. pic.twitter.com/UqeW9zVlVU
Paulo Dybala clarify his strange performance
When Paulo Dybala scored the opening goal in the league game against Udinese on Saturday, he decided to celebrate by looking straight to the stands.
Most pundits argued that the gesture was a message to members of the club’s hierarchy who are delaying extending his contract.
Dybala’s contract with Juventus would expire on June 30, 2022, and the Argentine star wants to stay at the club but the club’s board is yet to decide on the next move. Also, there are speculations that Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, and Barcelona are interested in his services.
After Juventus’ victory over Udinese, Dybala was asked whether he made the gesture to pass a message to Juventus’ management, the Argentine football star stressed that he looked at the stand in search of a friend he invited for the game.
“I invited a friend and couldn’t see him”, he said. “There are many people up there watching and I couldn’t find him.”
When he was asked whether he should be believed, Paulo Dybala said: “I don’t know, that’s up to you. There have been a lot of stories, and many things happened that I prefer not to talk about.”
Dybala looked at the stands [and at Juventus board] in this way after his goal. Why? ⤵️🇦🇷— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2022
Paulo answers ironically to Sky: “I invited a friend and I couldn't find him – there were a lot of people…. do you’ve to believe me? I don't know, it's up to you!”pic.twitter.com/X2WYHWHzKz