Juventus returned to winning ways following a 2-0 victory over Salernitana in the Serie A on Tuesday night and head coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed what he told his men before the game.
Juventus had endured back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Atalanta in the last seven days and needed a cogent response at the Stadio Arechi against the Serie A newcomers.
The Bianconeri looked fortified and motivated right after the first whistle and got a deserved lead on 21 minutes through Argentina international Paulo Dybala.
Juventus thought they had gotten the second goal of the game moments later when defender Giorgio Chiellini scored, but the goal was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.
Alvaro Morata doubled the visitors’ lead on the 70th minute mark to put Juventus in total control, and that was enough to secure a crucial win for Allegri’s side.
In an interview with the media after the game, Allegri confirmed he told Juventus players it was ‘time to give back’ to the club after a poor run of form.
“I think the lads put in a good performance tonight. It wasn’t easy against Salernitana in front of their fans and we ran a few risks in the second half with crosses into the box,” the former AC Milan coach told DAZN, via Football Italia.
Giorgio Chiellini explained that he was inspired by Allegri’s pre-match team talk, which the coach confirmed.
“It hasn’t been an easy time, we lost to Atalanta and could’ve scored more goals this evening,” the Italian said.
“I said Juventus have given us so much and it is time we have a sense of responsibility and give back to this club. We need to focus, because we’ve failed too many times against the smaller clubs this season.
“I told the lads, we had a lot of young players on the field today, so in these moments, they can suffer under the pressure. Fortunately, they held out well.
“We’re trailing in the league at the moment because we dropped points too many times. These players have talent, but let’s not forget that only with experience, by making mistakes and learning from them, understanding when it’s time to attack or defend, that is how they develop.
“Dejan Kulusevski is only 21 years old, he can only improve with the help of the more experienced players around him. When the results go our way, that process is accelerated.
“The best thing at these moments is to simplify. We tried the passing moves in training yesterday and today I focused more on the mentality.
“The words Chiellini said are what I said to the team. We are the ones who now must give back to Juventus, the players, coach, the fans, everyone.”