Max Allegri’s assistant manager Marco Landucci saw ‘the right attitude’ from Juventus to crush Sampdoria 4-1 in the Coppa Italia and had a special dedication for Federico Chiesa.
The Old Lady ran riot in Turin with goals from Juan Cuadrado, Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and an Alvaro Morata penalty.
Managerless Sampdoria got one back through Andrea Conti’s half-volley and had threatened to make it 2-2 with a Kristoffer Askildsen glancing header wide.
Allegri was suspended, a ban going back to the last time he was on the Juventus bench in the Coppa Italia against Atalanta back in 2019, so for the second game running it was Landucci on the touchline.
“We put in a good performance, which wasn’t easy with so few people in the stadium. We had the right attitude, were fired up and it was very important that we go through to the next round, as the Coppa Italia is a great tournament. Everyone did very well,” the assistant manager told Sport Mediaset.
Dybala celebrated his goal this time and fired up the fans at the Allianz Juventus Stadium, then handed the penalty over to Morata.
“Paulo is doing very well, we are happy with his performances. He has been decisive the last few games, as he always should be. Unfortunately, we lost him for several games because of injury. Danilo made his comeback today with 60 minutes, we’ll be without Chiesa and dedicate the victory to him ahead of his knee surgery, as he’ll be stronger than before. We’re waiting for him.”
Chiesa will be out for at least six to eight months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Juventus have a very tough run of fixtures coming up in Serie A, starting this weekend against Milan at San Siro, but what has changed from December?
“The attitude is crucial and we had many games with the right attitude, even missing key players. There are no easy games, we saw that we lost more points against the so-called smaller sides like Verona, Empoli and Udinese.
“The only thing that matters is hard work, attitude and desire. We are finding some consistency now, we need to speak with actions rather than words.
“Milan are a great team, it’ll be tough, but we’ll go there and play our game, as always.”
An error at the back from Sampdoria, punished ruthlessly by Paulo Dybala! 👏
Juve look set to book their place in the next round ⚫⚪ pic.twitter.com/3yQK5IQK4R
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