Massimiliano Allegri goes into the October international break on a high.
After watching his team overcome Roma in an engrossing 3-2 victory at Juventus Stadium, the 47-year-old met the media to discuss his thoughts on the Bianconeri’s sixth Serie A success of the season.
Speaking to Sky, he commenced by praising the two sides who battled it out in Turin: “It was a competitive game played at a high intensity, featuring plenty of great moves. Two titans came head-to-head and played out the contest in the best possible way.”
The initial stages of tonight’s match saw both teams start in timid fashion, choosing to feel each other out before the encounter exploded into life after Carlos Tevez’s opener. Allegri was quick to put that down to nerves.
“We were a bit tense, but that’s all part of the game. When you’re up against Roma, you need to do two things: win the ball back quickly in their half, and if that fails, drop back deep as soon as possible so that you prevent Totti from supplying the wingers.”
Speaking about his own side’s performance, the Livorno-born tactician said: “We created a few chances, sometimes with the target man dropping deep, other times by using the wings in a variety of ways.
“Playing against a well-drilled outfit is always difficult, but we improved in our use of the ball compared to the start of the game and this is important.”
Fernando Llorente made way for Alvaro Morata early on in the second-half after being frustrated by the Giallorossi backline but Allegri dispelled any worries regarding his striker’s state of form.
He concluded, saying: “Llorente played magnificently last year but players aren’t picked for what they’ve done in the past, it’s all down to how they train in front of me during the week.
“He hasn’t scored in a while and it’s true that he has to be greedier in front of goal, but he’s working well for the side and his team-mates. He’s an important player for us.”