Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini wasn’t particularly pleased with their 2-2 draw at Atalanta but did point out a few positives
The unbeaten Serie A leaders dropped points for just the second time this season in Bergamo on Boxing Day.
Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata scored twice to hand the hosts the lead after Berat Djimsiti’s early own goal had put Juventus in front.
With Rodrigo Bentancur having been sent-off in the game, 10-man Juventus were left in a dire situation before substitute Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equaliser.
In light of this, Chiellini was pleased to able to salvage a point in the end after a challenging match.
“Conceding two is not something I’m happy with and nor are my team-mates, but it should be said that we rescued a point in a match that seemed lost, after a first half in which we performed well and went close numerous times to scoring a second goal,” Chiellini told the club website.
“We knew it’d be tough. Atalanta have got a great crowd here and always play well against us.
“However, even when we went behind we did well to use our heads, showing a good attitude in the final half hour.
“We didn’t try to force matters and knew that a goal would come sooner or later. We need to keep that up against Sampdoria on Saturday.”
Despite the draw, Juventus still extended their lead in the Serie A to nine points following second-place Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan.