It was a stellar display. One that had his manager waxing lyrical (“he's world-class”) and Bianconeri fans across the globe nodding with approval. Those at the stadium afforded him a long ovation as he left the field of play, while the online community voted him man of the match.
Yet afterwards Claudio Marchisio was still his usual humble self: “I've picked up a few things by playing several games in front of the defence and by watching Andrea.”
He continued: “This was an important result for us tonight and it sets us up nicely heading into the Atletico match. We're second now and have two results possible in the last game but we must make sure we get our approach spot on.”
It was pointed out to him that recently Juventus have been turning in better showings in the second half of games than in the first 45 minutes. Il Principino replied: “It depends on the match, your mentality, who you're up against, the pitch... We were going nowhere fast in the opening phase of the game but then our quality came to the fore.”
He was unable to get his name on the score sheet in Malmo despite a host of chances. “Olsen pulled off a great save to keep out my shot at the end of the first half but the other two times it was my fault. I shot without looking at the keeper so I didn't get a good enough angle on it.”
That he was able to get into those shooting positions in the first place was in no small part thanks to his team-mates' movement freeing up space for him. “We try out things like that a lot in training, with Carlos dragging defenders out of position,” he explained.
The Italy man then concluded: “The midfielders were quick to the loose balls tonight and we were quick to play our passes too. We managed that even better in the second period and that's when we found more space as well.”