Sunday September 16 2012
Carrera: 'Vucinic was key'

Stand-in Coach Massimo Carrera accepts substitute Mirko Vucinic was decisive as Juventus overturned the result in Genoa.

The tactician is on the touchline during Antonio Conte’s 10-month ban and cannot communicate with his Coach, so makes the decisions on changes during a game.

“We suffered in the first half and knew Marassi would be a tough place to play,” said Carrera after the 3-1 victory.

“Genoa started very strong and caught us unprepared on the counter a couple of times. We then did well to start controlling the tempo and spreading the play.

“Gigi Buffon performed some miraculous saves to keep us in the game, then the rest of his teammates turned it around.”

The substitutions proved decisive, as Kwadwo Asamoah earned a penalty for Mirko Vucinic and then scored another himself.

“It’s hardly news that Vucinic is a great player, but he was tired after international duty and Alessandro Matri was in better shape.

“Vucinic knows he is an important player, but he has to prove he deserves his place in training, just like everyone else. If someone thinks they are untouchable then they might relax during training. This way we keep everyone on their toes.”

Juventus rotated the squad ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Stamford Bridge.

“Were our minds on Chelsea? No, we were focused on Genoa, absolutely.”

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