Mario Mandzukic sinks AS Roma
Nairobi, Kenya 23 December 2018 GMT
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic header was enough for the Old Lady to sink AS Roma into tenth in the Serie A but four points from the champions league position.
Max Allegri: “We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet,” Allegri told DAZN.
“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.
“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.
“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.
“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.”
Eusebio Di Francesco: “We were too nervous and insecure in the first half, but in the second we accepted the duels and took control of the ball,” the Coach told DAZN.
“We had some good forward moves and just lacked the final ball. The difference between us and them is that Juve had shots on goal. I remain happy with the reaction that the team showed.
“I wanted to create more density in the midfield, giving Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to start moves from the back. We wanted a stronger physical impact, but we did well in some moments and less well in others.
“The positives we take from this match are the attitude and the desire to play one-against-one all over the pitch. We just didn’t finish off our chances, but keeping Juve pinned back in their own half is no mean feat. Unfortunately, we lack the nous and experience to pick the right ball.”