11.03.2017 00:34 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri hails excellent display

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    The coach was pleased with his side’s performance: “That’s one more win chalked off after a wonderful match”

    Massimiliano Allegri described the draw at Udinese as the fair result due to his side’s performance and he was similarly objective after the win over AC Milan.

    “We played very well,” said the coach post-match. “We allowed them to break a little too often but, thanks to the technical ability of our players, we created a host of goalscoring chances.

    “It wasn’t easy as [Gianluigi] Donnarumma played brilliantly, making a wonderful save with seconds remaining,” he continued. “Paulo [Dybala] did very well to strike the penalty so cleanly.”

    “The officials’ positioning was good,” was Allegri’s comment on the penalty decision, before he praised the opposition’s performance.

    “AC Milan played excellently. They come under pressure but they stay in the game. We switched off at times and allowed them to break. If we don’t focus for 95 minutes, because of our style of play, we can see moves such as the one that led to their equaliser.

    “That’s one more win chalked off on our run towards the league title. The three points against AC Milan came at the end of a terrific game of football against a top side who can cause you problems when the game gets stretched. I would have said the same about my team even if we’d drawn. Football is made up of incidents and our tally of 70 points tells its own story.

    “[Marko] Pjaca played well especially given he only found out he was starting five minutes before kick-off. He didn’t score but he needs to relax because there’s no problem if he doesn’t find the net for a couple of games.

    "I’m always telling Dybala that he’s crucial between the lines and he put in a brilliant performance tonight.”

    Allegri concluded with a nod to Tuesday's Champions League clash with Porto.

    “We’re all delighted today. This win means we can enjoy our weekend and above all focus as best we can on Tuesday.”

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