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Max Allegri praises Juventus' determination to the very end in derby win over Torino

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Juve leave it late for the second year running

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was one very relieved man at the end of Saturday's Derby della Mole against Torino.

A late, late goal from Juan Cuadrado sealed the three points and rescued the team from further ignominy at home.

Torino will feel hard done by by the result as they had often showed more attacking initiative than the hosts, but such is the game.

The crosstown visitors are yet to pick up a point at the Juventus Stadium after Andrea Pirlo had snatched victory with another injury time goal last season too.

"It was a balanced derby decided by that late chance, but you need determination to the very end in order to get a result like this.

"We had 12 points after 10 rounds, so tension was only natural. The team reacted well, obviously we have to improve a lot, but this was a small step forward. Before the defeat to Sassuolo, we had also had three good games in a row.

"This represents three important points, a third consecutive victory at home and a step forward in the table. Now we have to focus on Tuesday and a decisive Champions League game with Borussia Monchengladbach."

There was some more injury news for Juventus though, as midfielder Sami Khedira limped off in the first few minutes of the game with what appeared to be a calf injury. Allegri later confirmed he was carrying a knock.

"Khedira was a risk before the game, he told me that he felt good and was ready to play. We’ll see if he can play midweek, but I doubt it.

"I started with Hernanes as a trequartista and I knew it could be tricky because Torino are so clammed up without the ball.

"After Khedira went off, the team took more control of the game and it was an entertaining game. Paulo Dybala would move over and Pogba come forward into his space.

"At the moment we are playing every three days, there’s no time for players to recover, so we have to focus on guarantees and solidity. It might lose something in entertainment, but it’s necessary right now."

Allegri was also asked about his thoughts on Juve starting to climb up the table (Inter would beat Roma later to go top, nine points clear of the Bianconeri).

"At the moment we are far away. We had three good games, fell at Sassuolo unexpectedly and now enjoy this victory."