Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has defended Portuguese International Cristiano Ronaldo after missing a penalty in the club’s 3-0 victory over Chievo on Monday night.

Douglas Costa, Emre Can and Danielle Rugani were all on target to ensure Juventus extending their grip on the Italian topflight division with nine point cushion.

Allegri however is of the opinion that Juventus victory was more crucial than the penalty though he felt the forward was eager to get himself on the score sheet.

“Important penalties are others … it can happen to miss a penalty,” he told a news conference.

“I don’t think this is the first time that Ronaldo misses a penalty in his career. The most important thing is that the team won the game at the end.”

He added: “He (Ronaldo) wanted to score and in the second half technically played much better.

“In the first half, he was rushing too much to find the net. In the second part of the match, when he played easier football, he had two or three good goal occasions.”

Ronaldo is equal top in the Serie A goalscoring charts with 14 so far this season.

Next up for Juventus is a visit to Lazio on Sunday.