Juventus attacker Alessandro Matri has stressed that he will do everything within his powers to win over head coach Massimiliano Allegri in the wake of his goal in the Bianconeri's 3-0 Coppa Italia semi-final win over Fiorentina on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old has been struggling to secure regular first-team action since his winter move from Genoa, but was handed his first start at the Artemio Franchi, rewarding Allegri for the faith shown in him by scoring the opening that eventually set Juventus on their way to the final with a 4-2 aggregate win.
"I knew I’d be involved in the afternoon and when I get the opportunity to play I look to give the coach a selection headache," Matri was quoted as saying on the official Juventus website.
"It was the perfect night. I’m happy with my goal and for the fact that we’ll be playing an important final."
The attacker then went on to dismiss suggestions that his celebration against his former team was a lack of respect.
"I spent a long time not celebrating last year. I don’t think it was a lack of respect.
"A goal is a goal and only a striker understands the importance of finding the back of the net."