Juventus
    11.01.2017 23:31 - in: Coppa Italia S

    Barzagli: “Let's learn from this”

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    Our defensive stalwart feels Juve made things harder than they might have been after we edged past Atalanta in the Coppa Italia round of 16

    Andrea Barzagli says Juve's second-half display against Atalanta must serve as a lesson going forward.

    The Bianconeri seemed to be in complete control of our last-16 Coppa Italia tie having stormed into a 2-0 half-time lead but allowed the visitors back into the game after the restart and ended up holding on to win 3-2.

    “We were expecting Atalanta to make it tough for us,” Barzagli told journalists after the final whistle. “We got off to a good start then faded a bit as the game wore on.

    “We'll have to learn from this. We didn't use the ball well and we were slow to react but you need to be able to soak up pressure. Konko's goal was no accident either.”

    With a quarter-final place assured, Juve will resume Serie A duties with a tricky trip to Fiorentina on Sunday and our veteran centre-back is wary of the threat posed by the Viola.

    “It's going to be an incredibly difficult match. They're good at home and they have lots of very talented young players.”

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