Following Saturday’s 2-1 win, manager Maurizio Sarri has warned his side over ‘superficial’ dribbling and believes they must learn to always use the ball in the right and productive ways.
Juventus extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table, with Inter Milan yet to feature at the weekend. However, Maurizio Sarri was left unhappy, with how some of his players chose to excessively show their skills rather than kill the game off.
“It was a good game, tainted by some mistakes,” Sarri said.
“The boundary between dribbling in a productive way and becoming a bit superficial, however, is thin: for 40 minutes we did it well, for five minutes incorrectly. We have to dribble with substance and not just for the sake of it.
“We must manage the result and the energy levels. We have to secure games and in the second half, we had the chance to do so.
“I told the lads we mustn’t try to control a game, sit on a lead or be comfortable because otherwise, we leave ourselves in these risky situations to the very end.
“The sensation is that we moved the ball quicker after the break and Bologna were getting there a fraction of a second later. I don’t know if that’s because we did better or they were tired, having worked so hard in the first half to contain us.”
Juventus may have sealed all three points, but there was a very notable need for fixes, with Gianluigi Buffon, called into action late in the game, as Bologna almost snatched a point amid some late drama.
The Old Lady’s now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Champions League game, where they welcome opponents Lokomotiv Moscow to the Allianz stadium.