Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi was left rather uncomfortable, to say the least, after boss Massimiliano Allegri gave him a literal kick up the backside during their clash against Torino.
The 27-year-old, who joined from Fiorentina back in 2017, was a regular starter for the club during the last two seasons of Allegri's previous spell and also throughout the tenures of both Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo.
Now reunited with his former boss, Bernardeschi has made seven appearances in all competitions so far this season, but might not have been performing quite up the standards expected of him this weekend.
With the scoreline level at 0-0, and Juventus set to remain ninth in Serie A, Allegri booted Bernardeschi up the backside after he entered the technical area while his team-mate got ready to take a throw in.
Despite Juventus going on to win 1-0 thanks to Manuel Locatelli's late strike, the reaction on social media has been a baffled one after seeing Allegri's unexpected motivational technique.
One viewer simply wrote: "Why Allegri? Why."
Another said: "WHY HAVE I BEEN LAUGHING SO MUCH."
And a third adding: "He needed a kick up the a*** to get him going."
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Juventus have climbed up to eighth with a victory, having won three of their opening seven encounters while drawing twice and losing twice.
The late winner came after their did enough to see off Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea in the Champions League, with Federico Chiesa scoring the only goal of the game in midweek.
The boss said after that notable victory: “Usually, when sailors are in stormy seas, they can always find the way out. That’s what we did tonight with a great game against the Champions of Europe.
“We can play better than this in purely technical terms, but we frankly didn’t allow many real clear-cut chances and we wasted a couple of dangerous counter-attacks too.
“After two games, six points and zero goals conceded, that’s a good step towards qualification for the Round of 16.
“I thought we could have an advantage by playing three upfront, then I moved Chiesa to centre-forward with Bernardeschi behind and it went better.”
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