Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri admits there was more pressure on his side after poor start to the new Serie A season in their first three game, but hopes to turn things around with the 3-0 victory over Malmo in the Champions League.
The Old Lady had a disappointing start to the season and were without a victory in their previous three games in Serie A, but they put all behind with a convincing away win againstMalmo
broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, thanks to an excellent header from
, Allegri's men finished off the fight before the break, thanks to two goals signed by
in the space of sixty seconds, between minute 45 and added time.
“When you play in the Champions League, there is always some tension in the build-up, especially when playing away from home and there was naturally a little more pressure after three Serie A games in which we didn’t do that well,”
Allegri told Sport Mediaset
“The lads played well on a technical level, we could’ve done better with some situations in the first half. We need to improve, but this doesn’t change the work we started on July 14.
“Results affect the way your work is judged, but we must do well to retain a balance both in defeat and above all in success.”
It was the first Juventus clean sheet in all competition since March 2.
“That is a sign too. I told the lads at half-time to end the game without conceding, as it takes away some anxiety. Szczesny did well today, it was important to get this victory, otherwise the winless streak was going to get a bit too long!
“The psychological aspect is 90 percent of sport, because when you make individual errors like we did so far this season, it makes us see things negatively.
“I told the lads, when we had the chase back to win the Scudetto, we lost to Sassuolo after wasting about eight chances, but in the second half of the season we beat Sassuolo completely against the run of play. That was not a great Juve performance by any means, we played better the first time, but the result makes you see things differently.”
The Turin team was placed in front of group H, with three points, tied withChelsea
, who beat St. Petersburg 1-0.
This weekend, The Old Lady will face arch rivalsMilan
, who have won all their three opening games.
“Milan are very strong and going through a period of great enthusiasm, so it’s motivating for us to know it’s an important match.”