Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was delighted with his team’s 2-1 win over neighbour Torino in Serie A on Saturday, but not with its first-half performance.
The champion needed two headed goals in the last 15 minutes of the match to come from behind and win the derby.
“When you enter the field and lose all the 50-50 balls in a derby, it is difficult to take control of the game,” Pirlo said.
“In the first half, we didn’t manage to be aggressive, to dribble, and especially to move the ball around quickly, so it became difficult.
“We were too static, we never penetrated the area and that made it difficult to find a way past a five-man defence. It is not enough to have strong players if you don’t put in tenacity.
“In the second half, we changed gear. Our DNA is to put a lot of heart, a lot of intensity, and we put it in the second half, creating a lot.”