Andrea Pirlo said that his players showed that they have the “Juventus DNA” to continue fighting until the end of this season’s matches.
In a scrappy Series A clash with Sassuolo on Sunday, Juve were far from their best and with nine minutes remaining were drawing 1-1 after Gregoire Defrel canceled Danilo’s opener.
But Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goals sealed the defending champions’ victory against the Sassuolo team, who played with 10 men for the whole second half.
In his last five Serie A appearances (one goal, two assists), Ramsey has been involved in three goals while Ronaldo’s strike ensured that in his last 15 seasons he has scored at least 15 league goals.
For the first time since July 2020, the victory helped the Bianconeri notch three straight Serie A victories as they traveled to Milan with a game in hand within seven points of leadership.
“We can improve our results, we can play better or worse, but determination is an element that must never be absent. The determination and willingness to press until the last minute has to be in the Juventus DNA. By winning this evening, we needed to offer a sense of continuity, otherwise winning in Milan on Wednesday would not mean anything.
At times this evening, we were a little slow, but we were a little less organized and more focused, so we displayed the hunger needed to win the game.
We are Juventus, so we have the pressure to win every game. As if it’s a final, we have to face every match, then we’ll see where we are closer to the end of the season. These games are fascinating for all to enjoy, eventually raising the level of focus and tension as well. If we don’t play every game with the right concentration and determination, we will struggle.”
The club will review injuries suffered by Paulo Dybala and Weston McKennie, Juve head coach Pirlo also said.
The pair both limped out against Sassuolo in the first half and are concerns about Juve’s Coppa Italia midweek clash with Genoa.