Max Allegri praised Juventus for their “determination to the very end” in winning the Derby della Mole with Torino.
Paul Pogba’s scorcher had been cancelled out by Cesare Bovo, but Juan Cuadrado bundled over the line deep into stoppages.
“It was a balanced derby decided by that late chance, but you need determination to the very end in order to get a result like this,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia of their 2-1 win.
“We had 12 points after 10 rounds, so tension was only natural. The team reacted well, obviously we have to improve a lot, but this was a small step forward. Before the defeat to Sassuolo, we had also had three good games in a row.
“This represents three important points, a third consecutive victory at home and a step forward in the table. Now we have to focus on Tuesday and a decisive Champions League game with Borussia Monchengladbach.”
Unfortunately, Sami Khedira went off with a calf injury after just nine minutes, but the change of tactics may well have helped Juventus.
“Khedira was a risk before the game, he told me that he felt good and was ready to play. We’ll see if he can play midweek, but I doubt it.
“I started with Hernanes as a trequartista and I knew it could be tricky because Torino are so clammed up without the ball.
“After Khedira went off, the team took more control of the game and it was an entertaining game. Paulo Dybala would move over and Pogba come forward into his space.
“At the moment we are playing every three days, there’s no time for players to recover, so we have to focus on guarantees and solidity. It might lose something in entertainment, but it’s necessary right now.”
Tonight there is Inter v Roma, so should the top two start worrying about Juventus in the Scudetto race?
“At the moment we are far away. We had three good games, fell at Sassuolo unexpectedly and now enjoy this victory.”