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Allegri: Knew it was going to be a battle

Manager’s post-match comments after big win

FC Torino v Juventus FC - Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus won a hotly-contested Derby della Mole against crosstown rivals Torino with two late goals to settle the issue. The hosts Toro had gone ahead early but Juve pegged them back with the equalizer at the half hour mark, before Gonzalo Higuain’s second and Miralem Pjanic put away the spirited Torino.

After the game, Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the media -

“The lads played well and we only went behind because Andrea Belotti scored a great goal.

“In the second half we ran a few risks on the counter and got the final ball wrong. We knew it was going to be a battle.”

Allegri’s second half substitutions Paulo Dybala and Pjanic made the difference in this close game.

“Dybala is extraordinary and getting back in shape, though that will take time. It’s understandable if Mario Mandzukic wasn’t too happy, but at that time I needed more technical quality.

“Once the frenetic tempo calmed down a little, the quality ended up making the difference.

“We are improving and the injured players are slowly returning. With Pjanic it was a bit of a wonky 4-4-2, spreading it out to Juan Cuadrado, because we only really had Claudio Marchisio defending.

“I’m happy with Higuain even when he doesn’t score, because he provides a big contribution. I know he lives for the goal, but that’s not the only reason he was signed.”

When asked if he was hoping for a draw between Roma and Milan tomorrow, he replied -

“That seems natural enough to me. We won’t watch it, though, as tomorrow there’s our Christmas dinner.”