Massimiliano Allegri, the Juventus coach, has come to the defence of Gonzalo Higuain after he once again failed to score in the team’s last game.

Higuain was frustrated when he was substituted during the game but Allegri has said that he only took the player off in order to keep him fresh for the coming weeks.

Speaking after the game Allegri said, “Higuain had a good first half, I’m happy with what he did. Over the course of a season it happens and it is totally acceptable for strikers not to score for a period.”

He pointed out that Higuain has scored against Cagliari and Chievo and said that he is confident that he will soon start scoring again. Furthermore, he pointed out that in order for the team to consistently win they need goals from the whole team rather than a single player.

So far this season Dybala is leading the team’s scoring with eight goals in four Serie A games as well as a brace in the Italian Supercoppa.  Last season Dybala scored just 11 goals in 31 Serie A appearances and Allegri said that Higuain deserves credit for his teammate’s improvement.

“Higuain very often puts himself at Paulo’s disposal, and if Paulo manages to score so many it’s because he is supported by a team who place him in the ideal condition to do so”.

Allegri also said that he thinks this year scoring goals could be more important than keeping a clean sheet, “The only year that the best attack won Serie A was I think 1996, with Inter, and with Lazio second or third. In the past 10 years the Italian league was always won by the best defence. Having said that, we could as well debunk this myth by becoming the best attack this season.”