Juventus disposed of Fiorentina 3-0 at the Stadio Franchi to set a new record for the best ever start since the Calcio moved to three points for a win. This fixture has always aroused resentment in the home support in the past and this time was no different, with ‘offensive and disrespectful writing against ex-Juventus captain Gaetano Scirea and the victims of Heysel’ on social media and graffitied in multiple places - an action condemned by Fiorentina patron Andrea Della Valle.
Speaking about the abusive behavior, manager Massimiliano Allegri was livid.
“It’s an issue of civility and respect. It’s not about particular fanbases, but individual people. Whoever wrote such things ought to be arrested.
“While this continues to happen without finding a solution, it is setting a bad example.”
On the game itself, Allegri was relieved that this time Juve took advantage of a side looking for an equalizer.
“It wasn’t easy, as the atmosphere was passionate and the whole city had been waiting for this game. I asked the lads to stay solid and after a period where we didn’t play all that well, allowing them to keep the ball for 10 minutes straight, we reorganised.
“The second goal helped us shake off the tension and we relaxed into our lead. We had more chances and could certainly have gone 2-0 up earlier.
“You have to be wary, as in Florence the games are never over until the final whistle, they have great technique and pace, but we defended well on their crosses.”
Allegri had special commendation for Juan Cuadrado -
“Cuadrado in midfield is a prospect for the future, as he is dynamic and can cover both the wing and further inside. He did well on Wednesday as a full-back, but perhaps was a little more tired when he did get into an attacking role.
“When you’ve got such talented players in attack, they don’t need too many instructions and it’s important not to limit them. We just have to get the ball up to them and I think we’ll slowly improve that.”
Juventus continue their incredible run in the Calcio, with only a draw against Genoa marring their 100% record.
“This is a squad of great champions, great talents, but above all of great men. Technique alone is not enough, you need players who are open to chasing opponents down, of working for their teammates and going the extra yard.
“You need the humility to work at the same rate physically as your opponents, then the technique can make the difference.”