After a win that helped extend Juventus’ lead over Napoli at the top of Serie A, Massimiliano Allegri was rightly satisfied.
“We’ve got back the lead that we had and there’s now one less game left to play. However, we’ve still got a long way to go in the league – we cannot afford to let up, not for a single minute, because everyone’s going strong,” he said.
On Saturday evening’s match, the coach commented: “It was important for us to get back to winning ways and against a team in good physical shape.
“Once we went ahead we dropped off a bit and struggled to keep hold of the ball, but credit also to Milan for that. However, a result like this was important tonight, to begin this final stretch of the league campaign.
“It is important to understand moments in games and we did that today, showing our desire to keep going, to go as far as we can and achieve our objectives.
“I kept Sami Khedira on the pitch because he always reads important moments in a game. Plus the game had started to open up and we needed someone like him, with good technical ability.”
On the returning Juan Cuadrado, he said: “He slotted back well into the team and really gave them a helping hand.”
With Real Madrid on the horizon, the Bianconeri coach added: “It will be a great evening of football. We need utmost focus, especially because if you lose the ball against them, three passes and they’re in the penalty area.”