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Higuain salutes Allegri's words of wisdom after 'complicated' Napoli clash

11:47 PM WAT 28/02/2017
The Serie A leaders came from a goal down to establish a 3-1 lead in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, with their manager rewarded for his patience calls

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

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

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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.

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"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."