This was the Bianconeri’s fourth win in the last five Serie A games and they certainly were not short on scoring opportunities with 12 shots on target, 27 overall, but Salvatore Sirigu performed heroics, along with some poor finishing.
“I think we wanted to reinforce our position when it comes to percentage of scoring opportunities converted into goals! We’re the worst in Serie A, I think, so wanted to consolidate those statistics!” the coach told DAZN.
“I enjoyed watching the team play this evening, as I have done in other games, even when we lost. We can only improve our effectiveness in front of goal, that’s for sure.”
Juan Cuadrado curled in directly from the corner flag and they had to wait until the 82nd minute for Paulo Dybala to add a second.
It puts them in fifth place alongside Fiorentina, but still seven points adrift of the top four.
There was an ugly touchline row with Morata, who was substituted after a yellow card for dissent, then continued to argue with his coach.
“He was booked, he was continuing to argue and so I preferred to take him off. It’s disappointing, as Alvaro had played well and so did the whole team,” explained Allegri.
There were three left-footed players supporting the centre-forward in this 4-2-3-1 formation, Federico Bernardeschi, Dybala and Dejan Kulusevski.
“Bentancur and Locatelli bring quality and quantity. Manuel is more quality and Rodrigo more quantity, but he is improving in the way he plays the ball, he was accustomed to shorter passes, but we need everyone to be good at short and long passes to get the strikers moving.
“I think many of Dybala’s goals have been him coming to the edge of the box when the centre-forward lays it off, those are his characteristics.
“The three behind Morata have a certain degree of freedom, maybe less Kulusevski because he doesn’t want to cross over with Dybala. The important thing is that we had the right mentality throughout the 90 minutes.”
“At this moment, we are fifth along with Fiorentina. It was important to win today, the top four are doing very well and currently deserve their positions. I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season, if things will change.
“We have our objectives, in Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia, so we’ll get there step by step, one game at a time.”