The 23-year-old curled in a free-kick after 56 minutes for his fourth goal in six Serie A games started for Juventus to break the deadlock. Bernardeschi, a product of Fiorentina's youth system, was playing his first match in Florence after joining record Serie A champions Juventus for around $45 million. "Going through would be nice, but we have to be careful", he told Premium Sport. "I did nothing outlandish and showed respect to everyone". I've always been grateful to Fiorentina, and always will, for the way they looked after me and helped me develop. "It would be nice to close down the Tottenham game in Turin but it will be very hard, we'll have to play a careful game, they are a very physical and technical team and we'll have to do well", he added, looking ahead to next Tuesday's last-16 European clash.
Former Fiorentina prodigy Federico Bernardeschi eventually found a way through, though, before Gonzalo Higuaín wrapped things up late on.
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Since losing 3-2 to Sampdoria on 19 November, Juve have recorded 15 shutouts in all competitions - including clean sheets against Barcelona, Napoli, Inter and Roma. We responded brilliantly at a very tough ground.
"I want to congratulate the lads because we are doing some positive numbers: 62 points and a goal (conceded) in the last 16 games", said coach Massimiliano Allegri who was also lining out in his 200th game for Juventus.
"It's not easy to come into a squad like this, packed full of top-class players", he said. "My team-mates and the staff here have made me feel really welcome though so it's thanks to them if I've settled in so well", he felt. "As a professional, you have to respect his decisions and make sure you're ready to step in whenever you're called upon".