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Dani Alves: Juventus failed to convert clear chances against Sevilla

Juventus full-back Dani Alves has warned his side they cannot be so profligate in front of goal if they are to go far in this year’s Champions League. The 2015 finalists opened up the group stage with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in Turin on Wednesday night as record signing Gonzalo Higuain hit the crossbar and Sami Khedira squandered two clear first-half openings.

It was a frustrating night for Juve and summer signing Alves, a three-time Champions League winner with Barcelona, knows they have to take their chances if they are to rival the continent’s elite this term.

“Tonight we didn’t get that break you sometimes require in matches,” Alves said in quotes published on juventus.com.

“You need to be psychologically very strong in competitions like these and it’s crucial to take advantage of every opening on goal.

“We created plenty of chances and imposed ourselves on the match, but you don’t always get the rub of the green. After the break, we had even more opportunities, but Sevilla continued to make matters tough on the night.”

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri agreed with the Brazilian, saying: “We struggled to make any headway before the interval but we improved significantly as the match went on and arguably we should have won it with the chances we made.

“All that was missing was the final touch.”

Allegri added: “For me we could have been better in the way we moved the ball and often the pass to split the defence was missing.

“I’m not too concerned, I’m confident we’ll improve in the necessary areas in time.”

Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico made a crucial late save down to his right in stoppage time to thwart Alex Sandro’s header, though he diverted any individual praise onto the collective effort.

“It is true that with that stop we managed to maintain the result, but it’s not my work, it’s the great display that has made the team, which has competed at every moment,” Rico said on Sevilla’s official website.

“We know how difficult it is to get a good result here. It is important to stay focused for 90 minutes and I think we played a good game. It’s very difficult, against a great opponent whose record speaks for itself.”

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