Juventus proved their champion-like mindset as they scored just minutes after Monza had seemingly gotten a deserved late equaliser on Serie A Matchday 14, further showing their title credentials behind pace-setters Inter at the top.
Altough Juventus would have liked to have things taken care of in easier fashion, the manner of the win will give confidence to the side, showing their resilience to overcome real adversity late on at Monza.
Monza were unlucky to not earn something from the game
As frustrating as Friday’s defeat will be for Rafaele Palladino, there can be no regrets about how his team played. For much of the game, the Biancorossi nullified Juventus and looked to be in the driving seat.
Palladino‘s decision to bring Dany Mota and AC Milan loanee Lorenzo Columbo on helped his side to create more inside the final third, which had been an issue in the first half. In addition, it meant that Patrick Ciurria, who had started as a striker, reverted to right-wing-back, which further assisted his side’s attacking intent.
Scoring late on is a testament to how driven he has made his side, and although the Brianzoli were unable to hold on, they will only continue to grow with Rafaele Palladino at the helm.
The Old Lady just won’t die
Whilst credit rightly goes to Monza for their success in nullifying Juventus for the majority of the game, it has to be said that the Old Lady did not look to have a fall-back plan.
Nevertheless, they still came away from the U-Power Stadium with three points. As the cliche goes, football isn’t about how you win, more so just that you win, which commonly is the difference between the elites and the not.
The Bianconeri maybe haven’t tapped into that enough in recent years. However, on Friday, they did and as a result entered the weekend at the top of the Serie A table, something they had not previously managed this season.
Rabiot’s importance to Juventus cannot be understated
Friday night was close to a perfect exhibition of what Adrien Rabiot is, and of his importance to Juventus.
The 28-year-old is an all-action midfielder, and perfect for Allegri. Defensively, Rabiot won seven of his 14 duels, making four interceptions and two tackles, and was seemingly everywhere his side needed him to be.
In addition, Juventus‘ late winner is almost exclusively due to their captain on the night – his driving run before cutting back to Gatti showed his desire and engine and could be a season-defining moment.