Juve got the better of Spezia thanks to goals by Alvaro Morata, Federico Chiesa and Cristiano Ronaldo. Wojciech Szczesny had the last touch of the game when he made a fine save to keep out Andrey Galavinov’s penalty in stoppage time. Here’s Coach Pirlo's post-match reaction.
“We didn’t make a brilliant start, which is normal when you’re playing every three days. We tried to manage the game and also created some chances in the first half. In the second half, thanks to some fresh faces, we were able to be more threatening and change the contest, with the wingers and midfielders making good runs into the box. We’re trying to get players back from injury, but nothing is certain. De Ligt also pulled up tonight and we’ll assess him tomorrow. We hope it’s nothing serious. Morata is key for us. He knows how to play as part of this team and attack the space in behind. We now hope he can get back to his best quickly. As for Bernardeschi, it wasn’t the first time he’s played at full-back. He needs to improve defensively, but he has a very good engine and that’s a position where he can fill in.”
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