Juventus ensured qualification from the UEFA Champions League Group D after beating Manchester City in Matchday 5. The Bianconeri are two points clear and need a draw at Sevilla to top their group. Manager Massimiliano Allegri had to show great restraint at the careless manner in which the team played at times.
On the overall showing by the team and the importance of beating then-leaders City -
"I am very happy with the performance. The lads did well and it not easy to qualify with a game to spare from such a tough group.
"Keeping a clean sheet was an important element too. The credit goes to the team who played well against a side of great quality.
"We must do better, as we have to put together consistent growth and learn how to control the various moments of the match, as we still have a lot of young and inexperienced players. Winning must become normal again."
There were some raised eyebrows at the starting lineup Allegri named, with Mario Mandzukic and Stefan Lichtsteiner on instead of Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado in a 3-5-2 formation -
"The decision to use Mandzukic in place of Morata was made two days ago. I needed Morata more for what he could give in the second half when City were getting tired.
"Alex Sandro did very well this evening and he is an excellent signing. Players like him need to be allowed to settle in, as nobody is ready to give their best in a new environment straight away. He did well in attack and defence, while Patrice Evra guaranteed experience in a delicate moment of the match.
"Paulo Dybala is learning more and more to connect with the midfield and become a support striker. On the other hand, Morata is learning more how to be a genuine centre-forward."
Midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who was responsible for one horrendous back pass that almost let Sergio Aguero in, stated again how important the competition is to the players and the organization -
"It wasn't remotely simple. We could've finished it off with another goal, but they could've hurt us at any moment.
"We are continuing on the right path, we allow few chances and remain sharp to the 90th minute.
"Europe has to be Juve's home and everyone must believe in that. Those who joined the club must understand this is the competition that matters most in the world."