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Manager’s comments after hard-fought draw at Atalanta

Atalanta BC v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw away at Atalanta despite taking an early two-goal lead against their resilient hosts.

“It was a good performance in terms of technical passing and intensity, it seemed comfortable, then we conceded that goal on a free kick to shake things up.

“In the end, it actually went well for us, because we got irritable and risked losing it on the counter. It’s disappointing because we conceded two goals.

“We should’ve been better prepared on the free kick for the rebound, while on the second goal we gave the ball away too much and it was a fine header from Cristante. I was worried at the end, as we could’ve lost it on an incident and every point will be precious come the end of the season.”

Federico Bernardeschi marked his first start for the Bianconeri with a goal and an assist.

“Federico had a good game, he hadn’t played for a while. In a big team, you need to work in defence too, but I am very happy with his performance.”

VAR (video assistant referee) was responsible for two key decisions, with a Mario Mandzukic goal disallowed after Stephan Lichtsteiner elbowed Papu Gomez, and then a dubious penalty awarded to Juve for what didn’t look like a handball, with Etrit Berisha saving Paulo Dybala’s effort.

“If we want football to be a sport that is no longer a sport, then use VAR on every incident. However, if we get to March where every point becomes decisive, then games can last three or four hours.

“In my view, technology should only be used on objective situations – offside, in or out of the box, over the line or not – but when it comes to subjective situations, people are never going to agree. That’s sport.

“The referee can give a penalty or not, that’s his decision. Otherwise when we get to more complicated games, we’ll end up like American Football where there are constant stoppages and we sit there eating nuts until the match ends at midnight. It’s the same in basketball.

“I am not saying this is a penalty and that isn’t. That’s not the point. I simply believe it should be used for objective and not subjective decisions.”