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Manager’s comments after Juve seal semi-final berth

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Juventus march on in their three-pronged attack of this season’s trophies, beating city rivals Torino 2-0 to go into the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the media, saying how he pleased he was.

“This is a great result and I’m happy with the way the team played, especially since we made seven changes from the team that played on Saturday.

”We looked shaky on a couple of occasions at the start as a result of a lack of focus on our part, plus Torino had a good first half, but it’s not easy for teams to face Juventus right now. We created a lot in the second half so I’m pleased. Now we need to make one last push on Saturday.”

AC Milan play Lazio on one side, while the Bianconeri take on Atalanta in the other two-legged semi, and Allegri knows the next opponents will pose a big challenge.

“The big clubs went out of the tournament and we go forward. Our objectives are clear. Atalanta deservedly beat Napoli to reach the Semi-Final and it won’t be easy against them, but we’ll make sure we are ready.

“They’re a physical, technically gifted and well-organised team. It will be difficult, but we’ll be ready.

“The Coppa Italia is just as important as the league and the Champions League. It’s always a good night in Rome in May, so let’s hope the lads get us there.”

Allegri insisted that there was still room for improvement despite the good result.

”After a run of big performances, the team tends to take its foot off the gas a bit. We let in a goal for 1-1 at Verona due to a mistake in playing it out from the back, then we lost our shape in the five minutes that followed and looked shaky. We dropped too deep in the final quarter of an hour this evening – that’s something we need to work on.”

He provided an update on some of the non-regular players who got a run out in the game.

Stefano Sturaro took a knock on his knee and couldn’t come back on – he did some things well and others less well, but he showed good character.

Claudio Marchisio played well for 50 minutes. He had a bit of a sore adductor muscle, but it’s nothing to worry about.

”We have to make changes when we’re playing every three days. Gonzalo Higuain had played lots and lots of games. I had to rest some players because we have another must-win game on Saturday.”

There was a bit of controversy during the game surrounding Juve’s second goal, with Torino claiming that Sami Khedira had fouled Afriyie Acquah before Mario Mandzukic scored. The referee reviewed the incident on VAR but let the goal stand.

“I didn’t see the incident and I will not comment. I never comment on VAR. I will just say we could’ve scored another couple of goals, at least.”

Toro coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was incensed by the decision and was sent to the stands by the referee, but his evening only got worse as reports later claimed that the manager had been fired by the club after the game following a poor run of just three wins over the last seventeen matches.