Juventus coach Antonio Conte was pleased for Sebastian Giovinco after his goal in victory over Udinese.
Giovinco was often jeered by fans, but scored a sensational goal to break the deadlock.
"All my players had a great game tonight, which wasn't easy. I knew Giovinco was in good form, he is a player who I already said in the past must realise he can make the difference at a side like Juventus too.
"I am pleased with this performance, as some considered him to be like a child for me, but I had no favouritism for him. I defend all my players, as I did in the past with Mirko Vucinic," insisted Conte.
"They give me 110 per cent and as long as they do that I will defend them against anyone and everyone, even our own fans. The players give their all and I will always protect them."