07.02.2016 18:18 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: “Patience pays off”

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    Massimiliano Allegri credits his side’s second-half patience for breaking down a stubborn and combative Frosinone defence in Saturday’s 2-0 victory

    Driving rain, a passionate crowd packed into a tight and compact ground, a combative and a tenacious home defence that has frustrated several other visiting teams already this season.

    The secret to resisting them all to seal a 14th consecutive league victory? Patience. Not for the first time this term, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri found himself preaching calm and composure from the touchline and once again his side reaped the second-half rewards against a tenacious Frosinone.

    Offering his post-match analysis in the tunnel of the Stadio Matusa, he began, “We didn’t do enough in the first half to take the lead. After making two excellent chances early on, it’s almost as if we felt we could cut them open at will and subsequently we rushed things and stopped concentrating.”

    “In games like these, you can find yourself drawn into a real battle if you fail to open the scoring early on. We were much better after the break because we managed to get behind them in wide areas and reaped the rewards for doing so.

    “Credit must go to Frosinone though, they played extremely well particularly at the back.”

    With yet another away success under their belts, Allegri’s will head home to Turin tonight with a full week of preparations for Saturday’s top of the table clash with Napoli ahead of them.

    For Allegri, the visit of the league leaders, victors over the Bianconeri back in late September, represents one of the biggest games of the season but one that will not decide the fate of the league title with over 40 points still to play for.

    “The first thing we need to know is rest up, regain our focus and begin working towards Saturday’s game against Napoli.

    “It will be a terrific match, there’s no doubting that, but at this stage of the season with plenty of points still to play for, it certainly isn’t one that will decide the fate of the league title.

    “We’ll need to hit the ground running during the week and make sure we approach the weekend in the best possible condition. Napoli are in great form themselves but I’m confident the boys will be more than up to the task.”

    The title race rumbles on…

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