Giorgio Chiellini admits he was surprised by the tactical approach Inter took at the Juventus Stadium. “They deserved the victory.”
The Nerazzurri adopted a 3-4-3 system with Rodrigo Palacio, Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano upfront.
“In all honesty, I expected them to man-mark Andrea Pirlo but wasn’t sure if it’d be Fredy Guarin or Palacio. That’s how they approached Fiorentina with Coutinho coming back, but this time they seemed to alternate,” he said after the 3-1 defeat.
“Inter are very strong on the counter and until we kept our balance to lock down those spaces, we were in control and had the chances to add a second goal.
“As soon as we lost our unity and started to leave more spaces, Inter took advantage and deserved the victory.”
Arturo Vidal had given Juve the lead after 18 seconds, but it should’ve been ruled offside.
“At half-time we were thinking of other things and not whether the goal was offside. In the second half Inter were able to stretch us out and that created the space they needed to score. The most dangerous moment is when we are open and lose possession.
“All their goals were created by these situations where we were open by going forward and caught on the counter when losing possession.
“I don’t know whether Inter have the best strike force, as I think of Napoli, Roma and Milan, but obviously when those three work together then they are impressive.”
Juventus have lost their unbeaten Serie A record under Antonio Conte after 49 games and go into a must-win Champions League match with Nordsjaelland.
“It was better not to lose, but when you do then it is always better to get straight back out there. Tomorrow we’ll analyse the game and try to work out the mistakes we made to ensure they don’t happen again.
“We are still top of the table and in the Champions League, so we have a lot to give.”