Massimiliano Allegri was all smiles after crowning his first game as Bianconeri boss at Juventus Stadium with a deserved 2-0 success over Udinese this evening.
The Tuscan coach was handed a warm welcome by the fans when he took his seat in the dugout before kick-off and thanked the club’s faithful for the way they urged the team on to their second victory of the Serie A season.
Speaking to the media at the end of the encounter, the 47-year-old began: “It was a special night, my first game as Juventus manager in this wonderful stadium.
“I was curious to see how the evening would pan out, but more importantly if the team were able to bring home the victory. The fans were great throughout, particularly during the more difficult moments of the match.”
In spite of the many positive signals on show in Turin, Allegri believes there is still work to be done in order to get the Bianconeri firing on all cylinders.
“There was a ten minute period when Udinese gave us a few problems. We need to know how to deal with the avoidable errors we made, especially when we gave the ball away far too cheaply.”
Among several highlights of a good night at the office was the performance of summer signing Roberto Pereyra, who earned the boss’ praise after a dynamic display against his former employers.
“Pereyra was a pleasant surprise tonight, I knew he was good but perhaps not that good. He’s got strong technique and is dynamic and physical. I think he could flourish as an inside midfielder.”
Special mentions also went out to strikers Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, reunited after the latter missed out on the opening day win in Verona, and their young replacements Kingsley Coman and Alvaro Morata.
“Llorente and Tevez both worked their socks off throughout, hence why I took them off. When Coman and Morata came on, they harried to get the ball back in the same way the defenders and midfielders had been doing during the game. The presence of these quality young players in and around the squad sets the club up well for the future.”