Massimiliano Allegri cut a satisfied figure after his team’s 3-1 defeat of Hellas Verona, highlighting the importance of the result in the context of the title race.
“Playing away from home five times in seven, which is what has happened to us, is not easy,” the head coach began. “This is why it was a decisive moment in our season. Tonight it was important to increase the gap on those behind us and remain close to Napoli, who are doing extraordinarily well.”
Despite allowing himself to enjoy the three points, the coach was careful to highlight some parts of the game where the Bianconeri struggled.
“During the end of the first half and up until their goal, we stopped playing, allowed them to counter and misplaced a lot of passes. We found it tough on the right side because [Stephan] Lichtsteiner was isolated and [Sami] Khedira couldn’t get across in time from the centre, so I opted to change things during the interval.
“We woke up after conceding and if we hadn’t, we would have risked dropping points at a tough place to go, against a team that have been playing well recently.”