Juventus showed a more patient side to their game today but eventually put it all together to come back from behind and beat Serie A bottom side Benevento 2-1. After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the media and wasn’t necessarily pleased by how the Bianconeri did, but was relieved they didn’t become the first team to give the newly-promoted side their first points.
“I have to compliment the lads today, because we went behind to the only shot on goal of the first half. It seemed like a cursed game, but we needed to be calm, sharp and not too hasty.
“After going 2-1 up, we continued to run risks on a few corners and counter-attacks. It was not easy today, because after turning it around, we thought it might be over. These games are always complicated.”
‘Il Principino’ Claudio Marchisio finally made his first start since August, but Paulo Dybala was held off the scoresheet again.
“Dybala had a good game. He could’ve scored more goals in his 17 competitive matches so far this season, but just needs to rediscover his sharpness and form.
“Marchisio did well and I didn’t expect him to last the whole match, but I’m happy with his performance.”
Inter Milan and Napoli both dropped points today allowing Juve to make up ground on them.
“Napoli are doing extraordinary things, as are Inter and Roma. Winning games is never easy or to be taken for granted.
“The Serie A season is 38 rounds and I always say we need to go at cruising speed, because too many bumps and waves make you feel ill. This is a great side and will fight to the end.”