Juventus thrashed old rivals Inter Milan 3-0 at the Juventus Stadium to take a commanding lead after the first leg of the semifinal round of the Coppa Italia. A brace by out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata and a third from in-form forward Paulo Dybala put the Bianconeri in pole position of this tie.
After the game, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the press:
On the form of Morata -
"Morata had put in some good performances recently and gone close to a goal.
"He did well tonight technically, physically, kept his cool converting the penalty - which wasn't easy - and did well to score the second goal.
"I realize a striker gets sad when he doesn't score goals, I understand that, but it's not as if Morata lost all his talent in a couple of months."
On how Juventus are playing currently -
"At this moment Juventus are in good shape, we put in a good performance against a strong Inter side. We were organised defensively, could've done better creating chances going forward, but at this moment the lads are giving the fans and club some great satisfactions.
"We are still second in Serie A, so must try to reach first, and the semi-final of the Coppa Italia isn't over yet.
"When you get a lot of victories in two months, you do tend to think about what has been achieved. We mustn't do that. We have to press the reset button, put a wall behind us and focus on what we can do going forward.
"We are two points behind Napoli, now it's a mini-League of 17 rounds and we have to focus on being better than Napoli in that period."
On maintaining the tempo up leading up to playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League -
"I don't like the word maintain, as that means resting on our laurels. We need to improve and the lads know that's what we are working on.
"Bayern Munich will respect us just as we respect them. It'll be a great round of 16, in the Champions League knockouts you need a bit of luck too and never can tell what is going to happen.
"This will be a valuable experience for the many young players we have who are new to this level of the Champions League.
"I always say Juventus have to play on level terms with any opponent, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
"Naturally, we both think we could've had a better draw!"
On the persistent Chelsea rumors -
"At this moment there are other things to think about. I have a contract until June 2017, I am happy at Juventus. In football it's the results that count. So far we have done good things, but we haven't achieved anything yet.
"Even in the Coppa Italia semi-final there's a 3-0 first leg result, but we still have to play another 90 minutes at San Siro."