Paulo Sousa has urged his charges to play with both courage and footballing nous when they turn out against the Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium on Sunday evening.
After steering the Viola to second place in the league following 15 matches, Sousa, who only took over the reins in the summer, has enjoyed a fine start to life in Florence, but the Portuguese manager was quick to stress the importance of putting in another exemplary performance against Massimiliano Allegri’s men in order for his side to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.
Speaking to journalists this afternoon, the 45-year-old began: “On Sunday, we’ll need to play with great heart and courage, but also use our heads and be our creative selves in what we know will be a touch match.”
Sousa’s side has made light work of finding the target this term, having scored 30 league goals so far, but the manager acknowledged that tomorrow’s contest presents a very different challenge, as they get set to face the second strongest Serie A defence.
“Juventus’ history and winning tradition speak for themselves. After a tricky start, they’re now returning to their usually high standards.
“They know how to dictate the tempo of matches and they’ve an incredibly strong defence right now. Everyone does their part in tracking back and they’re in top physical condition.”