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03 Feb 2013

Alessio: “The game was always in our hands”

Conte’s assistant reacts to this afternoon’s win in Verona: “After a difficult start to the second half, we managed to control their counter attacks”

Angelo Alessio believes Juventus were good value for this afternoon’s triumph over Chievo after dominating for large spells of the game.

The 47-year-old, who reprised his role on the touchline following Antonio Conte’s two-match suspension, admits the Bianconeri came under a brief spell of pressure after the restart but praised the players for wrestling the encounter back in their favour.

Speaking to journalists after the final whistle in Verona, Alessio said: “Chievo had a solitary shot on goal and found the target, but the game was always in our hands. We didn’t deal with the first ten minutes of the second half particularly well, but then we managed to marshal their counter-attacks efficiently.

On the goals scored by Alessandro Matri and Stephan Lichtsteiner, he added: “These goals come from the work done during the week. Players often stay after training to practice shooting and both found the target today.”

The result sees Juventus begin February on a winning note and regain their supremacy at the top of the table.

Reflecting on a difficult January, Alessio concluded: “We’ve always played to the best of our ability. Certain games haven’t rewarded us with the results, but the performances have always been there.

“Napoli are doing well, they’ve strengthened in the January transfer market, but we’ll continue to work, fully aware of our strength.”