Allegri: I tried to break the game open with Morata

Max Allegri has discussed the inspired substitution which proved to be the match-winning tactic in the Coppa Italia final on Saturday night.

With the match looking like it was heading towards a penalty shootout, the Juventus manager called on Alvaro Morata, who ran onto the field and scored the match-winning goal with mere minutes to spare.

Juve’s coach spoke to Rai Sport about the match, his decision, and the much-improved Milan side.

“I have to compliment the lads, as it was not easy to play tonight,” he said.

“It was a good Milan in the first half, we had a few favourable moments in the second half, took the lead and then risked an equaliser at the end.

“That’s what a final is, it’s made up of moments and you need that little bit of luck,” he continued.

“It wasn’t easy for the players, as for the last six weeks they’d basically been without much motivation and needed to get their minds back in the right place to win,” he said, referring to the lack of competitive fixtures since his side had won the Scudetto several weeks before the end of the league season.

“In extra time I had two choices,” he said about his decision to bring on Morata. “Taking it to penalties or try to break the game open. I tried to break it open and fortunately it went well.”

The coach also touched on the topic of the Turin side’s lack of success on the European stage.

“Juventus are not sated because the tradition of this club is to always fight to win,” he said.

“Next season we must prepare at our best to win a sixth straight Scudetto, but above all to have a great Champions League campaign.”