Higuain salutes Allegri's words of wisdom

Juventus came from a goal down to beat Napoli 3-1 and Gonzalo Higuain noted the importance of coach Massimiliano Allegri's half-time words.

Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala   -  AFP

Gonzalo Higuain praised Massimiliano Allegri's half-time rallying cry as Juventus beat the striker's former club Napoli 3-1 in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.

Juve found itself in a bit of trouble at half-time after Jose Callejon capped off a well-worked Napoli move to put the visitor ahead in the 36th minute.

But the holders rallied after the break and ultimately earned a two-goal advantage thanks to two Paul Dybala penalties – the second controversially awarded – sandwiched either side of a Higuain strike.

And the former Napoli star highlighted the importance of Allegri's words of wisdom at the interval.

"It was a very complicated game against an impressive Napoli," Higuain told Rai Sport.

"In the first half we struggled to emerge with the ball at our feet. During half-time the coach told us to not lose our patience, as we could turn it around. And that's what we did.

"This is the strength of Juventus; we got our heads down and didn't lose our patience. We bring home an important victory, now we are going to Naples with a positive result."

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