Despite playing without stars like Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet, and Pavel Nedved, who were left out of the starting XI in view of Tuesday's massive Champions League clash against Chelsea, Juventus still managed to beat Torino 1-0 in the derby thanks to a late goal by Giorgio Chiellini.
Coach Claudio Ranieri complimented his players after this important victory allowed the Bianconeri to keep their Scudetto hopes alive.
"We suffered a bit because we missed some important players, but the important thing was to win," he was quoted as saying after the match to Datasport. "These lads have been running for eight months, let's not forget about the injuries we suffered. Now that I'm able to rotate some players, I'm happy to do so.
"I have to thank [Jonathan] Zebina because I don't know how he held on. We have to win, it doesn't matter how, we have said it many times. We interpreted the derby well, we wanted to win it, and created four-five clear chances. They created two, so it's good like this."
The coach then went on to compliment Sebastian Giovinco, who got a rare chance to start in this match: "He still has to mature a lot playing on the wing: he is a second striker or a playmaker. He has qualities, and can do great things, but he still has to mature. We are happy to have him available."
Finally, looking ahead to Tuesday night's match against his former side Chelsea, Ranieri said: "Now we'll see how much strength we can recover, but we will fight until the end. We know it will be difficult, that Chelsea are favorites, but we are not giving up, it will be a huge match, and we will need all the support of our wonderful crowd, they have to be the 12th man on the pitch."
Tonight's victory allowed Juve to stay competitive in the league as well, as they remain within seven points of leaders Inter, who won their tough match away to Genoa earlier today.
Danilo Pochini, Goal.com