18.03.2018 00:26 - in: Serie A S

    De Sciglio: "More patience needed"

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    Mattia reacts to the draw with SPAL: "We tried to rush things at times. SPAL were very well drilled and defended in an organised fashion"

    Mattia De Sciglio acknowledged that Juventus could have done better after the goalless draw at SPAL.

    The Bianconeri spent much of the game probing for a way through the hosts' backline but ultimately were unable to make their superior possession count.

    “We certainly expected a different game and a different result, but we knew it would be tricky,” the full-back admitted following the final whistle at the Stadio Mazza.

    The draw nonetheless leaves Juve with a five-point advantage at the top of the table awaiting Napoli's result on Sunday and the 25-year-old was keen to look forward.

    “We're top of the league and we're just focusing on ourselves, as always. We have the break now and afterwards we go straight into a run of very difficult games, with three big ones to come at the end of the season. We'll have to make sure we play better than we did tonight."

    What exactly didn't come off for Juve in Ferrara?

    “Physically we're in decent shape; we just came up short with our final ball. We kept trying to go through the middle, but to no avail.

    “Perhaps we were a bit too stubborn about it. When you're up against teams that are so well organised in defence – as SPAL were tonight – you have to be patient, but instead we rushed things at times.”

    Meanwhile there was good news for Mattia on the international front as he received confirmation of his Italy recall following an impressive run in the team.

    “It's great to be back in the Italy squad and it'll be nice to meet up with the lads from other teams again. I want to make the most of this experience.”

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