Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was in a grateful mood after today's win against Sassuolo. Despite the Bianconeri dominating the first half, the Neroverdi were full of fight and did all they could to find the equalizer.
"I thank the fans for the affection they made me feel tonight. Tonight was an important win against a strong team.
"At the end we were in a bit of trouble but I'm glad with what the boys did. Now we have to focus on Wednesday. We have to do something extraordinary, but if we can't we'll do our best to win the Scudetto again.
"This was a good win because Napoli and Roma will not drop many points for the rest of this season. I asked my boys to let me enjoy Saturday and Sunday and they've done this. "
He was pleased that goalkeeper and club captain Gigi Buffon beat Dino Zoff's record of 903 minutes, and is just four minutes from beating the all-time Serie A shutout record set by Sebastiano Rossi.
"I think Gigi deserves this record, of course he needs another four minutes in the derby. It'd be wonderful if the game stopped for a round of applause, but it's the derby and we need to play it first.
"We have to stay sharp and wide awake. The lads are doing well, I can only compliment them on their attitude, though we have to improve a lot in terms of performance."
Allegri also commented on the 3-5-2 formation he chose on the day -
"We played with three at the back to have a different development going forward. We started well, but Sassuolo play some beautiful football and naturally created chances.
"We really wanted to win and when we didn't take the opportunities to make it 2-0, we started to struggle a little and the fear set in we wouldn't get the victory."
On the hard work displayed by players like Mario Mandzukic and Daniele Rugani -
"This generosity unfortunately means he (Mandzukic) can find himself in areas of the pitch where we can't find him going forward. He needs to measure out the effort so he can be sharper when it comes to finishing.
"Daniele Rugani did well and after the Coppa Italia game against Inter he was attacked by the media, so risked falling into the background, but I saw this was the right match for him to make his mark."
Juve played today as they travel to Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the second leg of a Champions League tie that is poised at 2-2.
"When facing Bayern you know that it's difficult to pressure them for 90 minutes. So you must be sharp defending when necessary and then hit them in their weak spots.
"We saw this week Borussia Dortmund had a great game for an hour, then got pinned back by Bayern.
"We want to reach the next round, it won't be easy, but we'll need a very balanced match."
When asked about if he would choose to defend and use the counter attack for the game in Munich -
"We could do it the other way round, pour forward in the first half and then defend the result after. I think if we can control the ball and hit their weak points, we can do real damage.
"If Bayern have the ball, we need to defend well and have a great mental strength to stay in the game to the end."
Max was also asked if defender Giorgio Chiellini would be fit for the return leg -
"Will Giorgio Chiellini make it for Munich? I don't know. He hasn't trained with the team yet and if he doesn't start soon then he won't be ready."