Speaking after the match Mediaset Premium, Allegri hailed the vital contribution from Dybala.

“Dybala is extraordinary and getting back into shape, although that will take time,”

On Mandzukic beeing replaced “It’s understandable if Mario Mandzukic wasn’t too happy, but at that time I needed more technical quality.”

“Once the frenetic tempo calmed down a little, the quality ended up making the difference.”

“We are improving and the injured players are slowly returning. With Pjanic, it was a bit of a wonky 4-4-2, because we only really had Claudio Marchisio defending.”

“I’m happy with Higuain’s play even when he doesn’t score, because he makes a big contribution. I know he lives for scoring, but that’s not the only reason he was signed.”