Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was quite satisfied by the win today as the Bianconeri picked up three points. AS Roma had beaten Napoli earlier to jump into second place, but remain five points behind leaders Juve.
“It was a very complicated match, which we made even more complicated, because we should’ve taken chances better.
“We lost a player every day, including two this morning, but Scudetti are won via games like this and we approached it the right way.
“I haven’t thought about Tuesday’s match yet. Miralem Pjanic was meant to play today, but felt ill this morning, so I had to make changes.”
When asked if club captain and icon Gianluigi Buffon was showing signs of age after makings two awful errors in his last two games -
“Absolutely not. Gigi plays 50 games per year, he can make half a mistake every now and then. Let’s just say he helped spark us into life with the opening Udinese goal… He then saved the victory with a fantastic block on the Felipe header.”
Allegri revealed today what looked to be a 4-4-2 formation for Juve -
“I would like the team to be able to transform system during the match, depending on how the opposition is set out and at different times of the game. If they manage to do that, even without their Coach telling them to, it’ll mean they’ve reached a level of maturity to take on any team.
“We work on how to occupy the spaces, reading the game and doing the opposite of what the opponent does. We changed things in the second half and took away the reference points from Udinese.
“It was decidedly better than the first half, we moved between the lines and created many more chances. We should’ve scored a third goal.
“We were with 4-4-2 without the ball, moving to 3-5-2 in possession.”
On his opinion of the Napoli-Roma clash earlier in the day -
“It was a very entertaining game with a lot of quality. Roma had a very good performance, but I don’t believe Napoli were any less impressive on the day.
“Juventus have won seven out of eight games in Serie A and it’s always tricky to win after a break for international duty, especially against this Udinese.”