It was like a Champions League semi-final – Allegri marvels at Derby d'Italia

After seeing the Old Lady edge past their title rivals, the coach suggested the clash was worthy of the best European competition

Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus’ 1-0 Derby d’Italia win over Inter bore resemblance to a Champions League semi-final showdown.

Juan Cuadrado’s stunning first-half goal proved the difference in a fiery encounter at Juventus Stadium, with the two sides closely matched besides the Colombia international’s moment of magic.

Having gone six points clear at the top of Serie A with victory, Allegri acknowledged the supreme standard on show in the crunch clash.

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“I am very happy with today’s win,” he told Mediaset Premium. “It was a match of a very high quality.

“It felt like a Champions League quarter-final or semi-final, both in terms of individual talent and the overall performance.

“In the first half, we did well to control a balanced game and find a goal in the final minute, and, in the second half, we created enough opportunities to score again.”

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Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic placed extra significance on beating in-form Inter, revelling in taking points from a title rival.

“It was a good game against a strong side,” he said. “We wanted this victory and now we’re happy.

“We’ve opened up a bigger gap to one of the favourites, so we’re happy and we will carry on like this. It’s a long road [to the title], but we are doing very well.”