Andrea Barzagli spoke of his joy after putting his injury nightmare firmly behind him with 90 minutes and a clean sheet in this evening’s 1-0 win over Palermo at the Renzo Barbera.
The defender credited his team-mates for making his return to first-team action a seamless one, signalling a positive end to eight months of torture on the sidelines.
Speaking to the media after the game, Barzagli said: “It would have been difficult for any player to go through what I have. I’m happy with this evening’s result and also for how I fared out there - I felt good. My team-mates gave me confidence, we pick each other out even with our eyes closed.”
The 33-year-old echoed Allegri’s earlier sentiments by praising the team’s maturity shown during a testing evening and believes more of the same will be required for Wednesday night in Dortmund and the remaining 11 league games.
“It was a mature performance from us today and we showed our solidity. Focus is required in our Champions League game with Dortmund. We’ve stretched our lead over Roma but the title isn’t in the bag until the mathematics state otherwise.”