Date: 18th October 2014 at 11:24pm
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Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco praised his team after a surprise home draw with champions and league leaders Juventus.

Sassuolo. who were bottom of the table going into the game, took the lead through former Juventus striker Simone Zaza before Paul Pogba levelled but Di Francesco believed they merited something from the game.

“Throughout the week we have believed we could gain a result,” Di Francesco told Sky Sport Italia.

“We prepared well for the game, knowing what to do both in the moments when we controlled the ball, and in those where we had to defend.”

The tactician was complimentary with regard Zaza, who has endured an extended period in the spotlight since making his Italy debut against Norway in September.

“He played great before the international break, but since his return has lost a lot of mental and physical energy,” Di Francesco said.

“The pressure has shown a little, but last week I saw he was very calm. He has great quality and should aspire to play for a big club.”

After Saturday night’s result Juventus finally lost their 100 percent winning record but still remain top of the Serie A table, one point ahead of Roma.