Iterim Juventus boss Massimo Carrera blamed opening-night jitters as the side struggled to hold Shakhtar Donetsk to a 1-1 draw in its UEFA Champions League match.
The Brazil midfielder profited from Willian's skilful approach play to register the first European goal at Juve's new home, forcing
Indeed, Juve survived a flurry of late raids and Willian was only denied a late winner by the crossbar.
Despite 10,000 tickets going unsold for the Group E match, Carrera believed stage-fright was largely to blame for his side's slow start.
He told juventus.com: "We were a bit fearful but we were aware that Shakhtar would be tricky to deal with.
"We gave them space and conceded the goal but, after replying straight away, we matched them."
The Bianconeri, who sit third in its group, is under pressure to collect maximum points from its upcoming double header against Nordsjaelland, who slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home to defending champion Chelsea.
"This year we have less time to work (between games) and that's the biggest problem," Carrera added.
"We know that in our group there are two sides who will compete with us right until the very end."
He told Gazzetta.it: "Based on how it went in the final minutes, it was a point earned.
"We knew they were a team who play good football, with fast attackers who are dangerous on the counter-attack.
"We were a bit restrained in the first half but then we managed to lift ourselves and create plenty of chances.
"There's no doubt that they're a great team and if you're playing every three games then it's difficult to keep up.
"Are the two games against the Danes important? Definitely.
"Hopefully when we're up there we won't have to play through snow and ice."
"Juventus are a strong team who played well but we were able to make them do a lot of running.
"It's a pity that we didn't manage to score in the dying stages of the match."
Juventus has completed the signing of Federico Peluso from Serie A rival Atalanta for 4.8 million euros ($6.78 million).