Juventus don't deserve criticism: Claudio Marchisio

Oct 08, 2013, 01:09 IST | Goal.com

Claudio Marchisio feels that Juventus have been unfairly criticised in the opening months of the 2013-14 campaign following their 3-2 league win over AC Milan on Sunday.

The reigning champions currently sit third in the table, but Marchisio feels there’s no reason for negativity just because they don’t lead Serie A seven games into the season.

Pirlo celebrates after scoring against AC Milan. Pic/AFP

“I don’t think we deserve the criticism. It’s because they’re used to seeing us at the top of the pile,” Marchisio said.

“But Roma are currently doing positive things and have the advantage of not playing in Europe. That’s why winning against Milan was all the more important, enabling us to stay in touch with them.

“Finding yourselves behind after 20 seconds doesn’t help, but once again we were capable of reacting strongly, overturning the deficit and clinching three vital points.”

The visitors made the perfect start when Sulley Muntari’s opener with just 20 seconds on the clock stunned the home crowd, but Andrea Pirlo levelled matters 14 minutes later before Sebastian Giovinco and Giorgio Chiellini turned things around after the break.

Milan were always facing an uphill struggle when Philippe Mexes was sent off with 15 minutes to play, and a late Muntari second proved scant

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