Juventus had to wait till the final third to secure a 3-1 win over 10-man Sevilla, and Claudio Marchisio believes they could have done so much better.
The victory secured Juventus’ spot in the last 16, but the midfielder was not impressed with the fact that they had to wait till the final six minutes to earn the victory, courtesy of goals from Bonucci and Mandzukic.
Marchisio restored parity from the spot before the break, taking full advantage of Franco Vazquez’s red card after Nicolas Pareja had opened the scoring.
Though Juve were under significant pressure from Vazquez’s dismissal, Marchisio urged the Italian champions to do better.
“We still need to improve, because we have the quality to do so much better in this team,” he told Mediaset.
“It was not easy here. The fans were really fired up, even when we scored the third goal.
“Our performance was not bad, as Sevilla are strong on home turf and rarely concede goals, but we scored three.”
Coach Massimiliano Allegri agreed with Marchisio with respect to expecting more and criticised his men for making mistakes when the match was still in the balance.
“We are happy, as we achieved one of our objectives,” he added. “But we have to improve and be sharper.
“I get angry when I see crazy things like giving the ball away in the final minutes or allowing cheap corners against a team so strong in the air – we conceded a goal in their only real chance – a corner – after 10 minutes.”