Juventus won a closely-contested second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal 1-0 against Atalanta, to march into the final 2-0 on aggregate. The Bianconeri goal came from a controversial penalty, but manager Massimiliano Allegri was not bothered.
“We have to compliment the lads for what they did tonight and are doing this season. Our aim was to reach March and still be in all three tournaments.
“We had a few problems in the first half, as we were late closing them down on the flanks and they did well to find passes between the lines.
“In the second half, we created more going forward, as Douglas Costa put himself behind the centre-forward and that broke the game open.”
Paulo Dybala returned to the squad tonight, playing less than ten minutes late in the game but Gonzalo Higuain did not even make the bench.
“Dybala came on well, I am happy and I’m sure he’ll be the added value to this team in the final stages of the season. As for Higuain, risking him for one game makes no sense. We want him back in shape going forward.
“Higuain is not available right now, he hasn’t trained for a few days and we’ll see if he is available on Saturday. That is the most important game right now, because London and Tottenham can wait.
“We’ve got an important game coming up in Serie A with Lazio and then after that must be at our best in London against Tottenham.”
Allegri continued to beat the ‘Champions League is not an obsession’ drum, though the fans will disagree.
“It’s not an obsession. I realise it’s an important game in a marvellous stadium and we want to progress with a good performance on the European stage, but it mustn’t be an obsession.
“There are always moments in a season where things go wrong and there are injuries, but we won’t waste time crying over spilt milk. We should always think positive and will always find a way.
“When you are a big club, you must combine beautiful football with results. It’s a very fine line. Over the last few years, Tottenham have had the most prolific attack and the best defence, but haven’t won the Premier League. That means these statistics don’t really count in England, but they do in Italy.”
Juventus will take on AC Milan in the final on May 9th after the Rossoneri beat Lazio in a marathon penalty shootout following two 0-0 legs.