Marchisio pleased with hard-fought Juventus victory over Cesena

Claudio Marchisio acknowledges Juventus were made to sweat for their victory against Cesena, while also noting the team can still improve.
The Little Prince finally found the breakthrough after 77 minutes of Juve toil and frustration against the Seahorses on Sunday, for his sixth goal of the season. Arturo Vidal netted a controversial penalty to then seal the result.
Marchisio told the club’s official website the Old Lady must learn to be more clinical in the final third: “We looked to stretch the play on the flanks, but they closed us down a lot. It wasn’t easy but we already knew that. We must be more clinical in front of goal, but this can also be a positive aspect: it means that we’ve still got great margins to improve.
“We’re more calm and confident in our means and this helps us to obtain certain results. We’re happy about the victory and the response to Udinese and Milan overtaking us.”

Of his crucial strike, the Turin native said: “I didn’t think that the ball was coming back to me. Instead, Arturo managed to feed it back into my path and the control was important to hit it with my left foot.”
Marchisio returned to the starting line-up after serving a one match suspension, but Andrea Pirlo had to sit out because of his yellow card accumulation and was replaced by Michele Pazienza. He hailed his impact and that of the other substitutes.
“Pazienza? He had a great game. He was important, as were the introductions of [Fabio] Quagliarella and [Emanuele] Giaccherini who gave us fresh impetus. I’m sorry for Alex [Del Piero]. We were immediately concerned, because we saw the cut and the blood. He reassured us once we were back in the dressing room.”
Del Piero required eight stitches to the head after a nasty collision, but is expected to be fine.

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