Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has described striker Mario Mandzukic as an 'extraordinary player' after the Croatian's goal helped Juventus to a 1-0 win at home to Roma.
This latest win not only puts the Bianconeri eight points clear at the top of Serie A, but also means that Juventus have made the joint-best start ever to a league season in the top five European leagues.
Speaking to DAZN (via Football Italia), Allegri said: "We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet.
“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.
“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.
“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.
“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.
“He [Mandzukic] is important because he combines physicality and technique. Mandzukic is an extraordinary player.
“Cristiano Ronaldo had several chances today and happened to run into a goalkeeper having a stunning performance. He may well rest in the next match.”
Their next fixture sees them travel to Atlanta on Boxing Day, with kick-off at 14:00 GMT.