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25 Sep 2012

Carrera: “We did well to contain Fiorentina”

The first-team coach on tonight’s goalless draw: “We came up against a strong Fiorentina side. They’re excellently drilled and well organised on the pitch”

Massimo Carrera was pleased with the resilience displayed by Juventus in tonight’s goalless draw with Fiorentina.

The first-team coach expected the Bianconeri to come under pressure in a red-hot atmosphere at the Artemio Franchi - and believes the players coped well in hostile conditions.

Speaking after the final whistle, Carrera said: “We came up against a strong Fiorentina side. They’re excellently drilled and well organised on the pitch. We didn’t manage to execute what we’d prepared, but full credit to our opponents.

“Pizarro enjoyed a little too much freedom for my liking. It was an aspect we had prepared, but we weren’t able to limit his influence. It’s a difficult venue to come to and we already knew that. It was their game of the season and we managed to contain them.”

The tests continue to come thick and fast for Juventus, with Roma next up on Saturday before Ukrainian champions Shakhtar travel to Turin three days later.

“We’re looking to keep working in spite of the heavy fixture schedule. We’re unable to do as much as we did last season, but we’ll make the most of the international break.”