Juventus strolled to a comfortable win away at Sampdoria, with two goals from Federico Chiesa and Aaron Ramsey settling the three points in a controlled performance.
Speaking after the game, coach Andrea Pirlo spoke about Chiesa who had a good game again.
“Chiesa is a young player who joined a big club, facing international matches for the first time, and it was a big step up for him, so he was a little shy at first. He’s settled now, gained in confidence and has improved a great deal.
“It’s good that he is finishing off the moves that we attack, and he ought to do it more often, making the most of his runs from deep.”
The second half was mostly sedate, with the Bianconeri not showing the attacking venture they had from the first half when they had created a number of scoring chances.
“It’s a pity we didn’t kill off the game in the first half, as we had the chances to double our lead. It’s only normal with a one-goal gap that Sampdoria would push harder, but Wojciech Szczesny didn’t make any particularly difficult saves. We got the second goal eventually, although we should’ve done it earlier.”
Cristiano Ronaldo turned provider instead today on a couple of scoring chances and has now not scored in three straight league games.
“Ronaldo gave his contribution again today with his passes for both goals, so the important thing is that the team wins.”
Striker depth is pretty thin but it doesn’t look like Juve are adding another forward in this January transfer window.
“We have many versatile players who can take on different roles, such as Chiesa, Dejan Kulusevski and even Ramsey, while Paulo Dybala should be back in action soon.”
Has Pirlo finally found his groove with this side, especially after the manner of this latest win?
“When the defence keeps a clean sheet, it also means the midfield and attack have started the press. We’re improving, but can do even better.
“We are starting to find our form and making the movements more automatic, because in the first few games they were practically test runs, as we didn’t really have a pre-season training camp.
“It took a little longer than usual, but we’re finding our feet now and will keep improving.”