Paulo Dybala warns Juventus against “freewheeling”

Paulo Dybala warns Juventus against “freewheeling”


Paulo Dybala has stressed Juventus must remain from “freewheeling” in the Champions League final, to be held in Cardiff on 3 June.

The Old Lady secured their place in Europe’s showpiece event with a 2-1 win over AS Monaco on the night in their semi-final, 4-1 on aggregate.

First half goals from man of the match Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves put the result just about beyond doubt early, leaving Kylian Mbappe to score what was merely a consolation for the visitors.

And Dybala took issue with Juve’s performance in the second half, saying his team was culpable of taking its foot off the pedal.

“This is what we’ve been working towards since the very first day of preseason. Every game we’ve played up to now has been to get us here,” he told Juve’s official website.

“I hope I can play my part and help my team to celebrate but we’ll have to wait a bit. We have lots more games to play and other objectives such as the league and cup before then.

“This is a day I’ll never forget. Now we have to make sure we win the final to cap it all off.

“We eased off a little and started freewheeling thinking the match was over. That sort of thing mustn’t happen in a one-off match – it won’t happen in the final.”

Juve’s final opponent will be decided on Wednesday morning when Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid in their respective semi-final. Real hold the upper hand with a 3-0 lead.

2017 will be Juve’s second appearance in the Champions League final in three years, two seasons after they were humbled 3-1 by FC Barcelona in Berlin.