Massimiliano Allegri lavished praise on his side after seeing them come from behind to beat Inter 2-1 at the San Siro on Saturday evening.
After sealing a place in this season’s Champions League final on Wednesday night, a drop in intensity could have been expected at this late stage of an energy-sapping campaign.
But the Bianconeri once again showed that the will to win is firmly ingrained in their DNA, overturning Mauro Icardi’s early opener to emerge victorious and leave their boss purring with delight.
Speaking to the media in Milan, the 47-year-old began: “A coach needs to consider himself fortunate to be working with such a group. We were a little sluggish at the start but did very well after the break and took our chances. This team always plays with intensity and the will to win. You need to keep the tension high and it was important to come away with the victory today.”
The performances of stand-in skipper Claudio Marchisio, midweek hero Alvaro Morata and deputy goalkeeper Marco Storari were of particular note, and Allegri reserved a special word for the final two when discussing the game with journalists.
“Alvaro’s gained confidence and has grown physically and put in a fine performance today. Storari was also decisive, making an extraordinary save in the second half after already producing a strong performance beforehand.”