Massimiliano Allegri outlined the significance of beginning this season’s Champions League campaign on a winning note after guiding his side to tonight’s success over Malmo.
The manager believes results elsewhere prove Group A is anything but a foregone conclusion and insists there is still work to be done on the training ground as far as his side is concerned.
Speaking to the media at Juventus Stadium, the 47-year-old began: “It was important to get off to a good start. Olympiacos’ win over Atletico Madrid means it will be a tricky group in which many points will be required to go through.
“We were too deep in the first half but improved after the break and utilised the left flank more. We need to improve our use of the ball, you can’t risk throwing away a one-goal lead in such a game.
“The opposition did well to limit us to few opportunities, aside from the goals themselves. We need to be calm, focus on playing good football and not allow ourselves to become anxious and frenetic in chasing for a goal.”
Along with a second consecutive start for Patrice Evra, Juventus supporters were this evening treated to sightings of fellow new boys Alvaro Morata and Romulo from the substitutes’ bench.
And Allegri says they will all be required to make an important contribution as the season unravels.
He concluded: “This is the third important game we’ve played this season and the team’s in good shape. I’ll need to call on everyone as the campaign progresses and I’m happy with how the new signings are settling in.”