Angelo Alessio has paid tribute to a tough Torino outfit, who made his Juventus team worked hard for their 3-0 win in Serie A on Friday.
Assistant coach Alessio, who has stood in for the banned Antonio Conte since the start of the season, cut a nervous figure before a second-half double from Claudio Marchisio and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike settled the contest.
The derby victory was Alessio’s last match in charge before Conte returns to matchday duties.
“It wasn’t easy to play against such a well organised side,” he told the club’s official website.
“We had a few difficulties in the first 20 minutes and the game changed following the sending off, which was an unquestionable decision.
“Thank goodness (Emanuele) Giaccherini didn’t have his foot on the ground, otherwise he would have hurt himself.”
Juve tinkered with their usual 3-5-2 system and Alessio was happy to see the changes reap the rewards he had sought.
“The change in formation? We didn’t feel it was worth risking (Giorgio) Chiellini and preferred to go with the 4-3-3 used on many occasions last year,” he said.
“But our system is 3-5-2 and we’ll use that in Donetsk, where Chiellini will come back into the fold. Antonio will be back on Sunday, I can’t wait for him to return and take his place on the bench.”