Lichtsteiner delighted with crucial Juventus victory

The defender believes Sunday's win was important for the side after a disappointing run of results during January
Stephan Lichtsteiner has spoken of his delight after Juventus returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at Chievo.

The right-back scored what proved to be the winning goal shortly before half-time, after Alessandro Matri had given the visitors the lead in the 10th minute. Cyril Thereau set up a tense finish by pulling a goal back in the second half, but the Bianconeri held on to record their first league victory since January 19.

"Today’s victory was very important for us. We dropped many points in January, which was also down to an element of bad luck," the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We struggled a bit in the second half and could have handled things a little better after the restart. We’re still top of the league, but we know we’ll need to remain alert because Napoli are a great side, as are Lazio and Inter.”

Bianconeri assistant coach Angelo Alessio praised his side for the manner of their win, and assured reporters that they always had the game under control.

“The game was always in our hands," he added.

“In the first half we scored two goals and could’ve had more. We only failed to control the match properly in the opening 10 minutes of the second half."

Alessio concluded by admitting Napoli are the biggest threat to Juve retaining their Serie A crown, pointing to the number of new signings the Partenopei have made during January.