“Crotone have often conceded goals late on, for example against Fiorentina, Milan and Lazio, so we knew this was going to be difficult and they'd block off all the spaces," Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.
“We could've done better in the speed of our passing in the first half, but we allowed nothing at the back, maintaining sharpness and organisation.
“We didn't have enough width down the right, so I tried to introduce strikers who could go one-on-one and it went much better in the second half.
“I did ask Mario Mandzukic if he needed rest and he said no. Marko Pjaca did well today and is young, so he will be an important player for the second half of the season. I think he can really improve once he gets to understand Italian football.
“In two or three years, I think Miralem Pjanic will play in front of the defence. He's not ready yet, as he's accustomed to splitting the pitch in two with another midfielder. The roles also require different running and work-rate, so after 50-60 minutes he loses sharpness."