Max Allegri explains why he ‘likes a 1-0 result’ and feels Juventus are ‘getting there’ this season, albeit admitting Jose Mourinho’s Roma ‘deserved a draw’ in Turin.
The Bianconeri secured a fourth consecutive Serie A victory, as Moise Kean accidentally redirected the Rodrigo Bentancur header from point-blank range to decide the game.
Wojciech Szczesny was crucial too, parrying a Jordan Veretout penalty, awarded after a chaotic move which arguably could’ve been allowed to continue for a Tammy Abraham tap-in, but equally also had a Henrikh Mkhitaryan handball issue.
“I like 1-0, as it’s a good result, especially as we kept another clean sheet,” Allegri told DAZN.
“Roma are a technically good team, they have a lot of quality and caused us problems early on, then we scored a good goal and improved as time wore on.”
Allegri and Mourinho have both said they are focused more on results than aesthetics, which was again evident this evening.
The Old Lady had a dismal start to the season, but are now more solid, efficient and in the Allegri style.
“We have players more suited to counter-attacks, those are their characteristics, so when we try to play the ball, we either fall asleep or get irritable.
“It’s an important victory, another step forward in the table and a further progress for the season. We were missing Dybala, De Ligt, Rabiot, Morata only came on at the end, but when everyone plays with that spirit, you don’t concede as many goals.
“We are starting to slow the game down at the right time, but we need to step up the pace too when it’s required. I won’t lie, I probably did damage too at the start with some of my choices, I had to get to know some players and their characteristics, but we’re getting there.”
The penalty save was a further step forward for Szczesny, who had been bitterly criticised by fans and media early in the season, but has rediscovered his form.
“Szczesny made all his mistakes for the season in one fell swoop and is now bringing back what he can to the team. We need to improve in the final third, the timing and movement, but we’ll get there.”
Despite the tension and controversy, Mourinho and Allegri gave each other a high-five at the final whistle.
“We knew beforehand it would be tough. Roma could’ve deserved a draw, but these are games that depend on incidents and tonight fortunately they went our way. I do say they put in a good performance and are one of the best teams in the league.”
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