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      20.12.2015 15:49 - in: Serie A S

      Christmas comeback cheer for Allegri

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      Massimiliano Allegri hails an important win away to Carpi on Sunday, while calling for his players to keep their focus better in the closing stages of matches

      After seeing his men complete another comeback and, more importantly, seventh straight Serie A victory there were plenty of positives to be drawn from Sunday’s 3-2 win over Carpi.

      Massimiliano Allegri, however, was keen for his players to pay particular attention to the way they risked giving away the initiative in the closing stages at the Stadio Alberto Braglia, with the Biancorossi posing a late threat following Leonardo Bonucci’s own-goal in injury-time.

      Speaking after the final whistle, the Tuscan coach began: “There was a fair bit of confusion towards the end. Let’s not forget that we conceded a last-minute equaliser against Frosinone in what was a similar match to today’s.

      “Despite this, we’ll also take stock of the things we did well: sealing a crucial victory and in tricky circumstances, given that Carpi had just won away to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia. In addition, it was difficult to move the ball about on a sticky pitch, but we coped commendably with the conditions and put in a good performance up until the final five minutes.”

      Sunday’s encounter was also the fourth time that the Bianconeri had fought back from behind to take maximum points in the league this term: a fact which drew praise from Allegri, who has now called for his charges to make the most of their Christmas holiday to recharge their batteries and hit the ground running again in the New Year.

      “At the start we weren’t so compact. Marco Borriello and Antonio Di Gaudio were effective outlets and enabled them to break with pace. We responded very well to their goal and never really looked back from there.

      “What happened in the closing stages of the match will serve as a lesson for 2016, when we’ll need to maintain our focus better in the final minutes. Now we’ve a well-deserved break, after which we need to keep working hard until 16 May.”

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