22 February 2021
Juve got the better of Crotone thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and a fine goal by Weston McKennie to pick up three crucial points towards the top of the table. Here’s what the Bianconeri had to say after the contest.
“We made a nervous start, possibly because of recent matches, but our two goals calmed us down and we were then able to manage the game well. It certainly wasn’t our best start: our passing was sloppy, partly due to rushing and partly due to our desire to score an early goal. In any case, it was important to get the three points this evening. We must try to improve our movement. [Alvaro] Morata isn’t at his best and needs time. With Ronaldo up front, we need to develop our play out wide to pick him out in the box. As for [Dejan] Kulusevski, playing for Juve is different from playing for Parma because you face teams that really shut up shop. He’s now playing in a new position, but he’s adapting and has room for improvement. We’re one of Inter’s rivals and we’ll try to fight until the end.”
“We needed a win, but it wasn’t easy. We found it tough in the first half an hour, but what matters is staying fully focused for the full 90 minutes. The fact that Inter are ahead of us isn’t a surprise; maybe the surprise is the fact that they hadn’t shown what they’re capable of until now.”
“We knew it would be a tough game because they weren’t under pressure, but we managed to create plenty of opportunities, score three goals and keep a clean sheet, so all in all, it was a good night for us. It was important to get back to winning ways after the Champions League game in midweek and the results this weekend.”