Francesco Guidolin soared into fourth place and explained the 1-0 win over Bari was “the most difficult game of the year. Now our dream continues.”
That may seem strange considering Bari are bottom of the table, but it took an Antonio Di Natale penalty and last-gasp Samir Handanovic save to preserve the victory.
“Our dream continues,” smiled the Coach. “At least for a few hours we are in fourth place and it is an exceptional fightback considering we lost our first four.
“We are breaking away from the chasing pack and I believe we won our most difficult game of the year.
“I am very happy, as we got the three points despite a sluggish first half and against a fine opponent.
“The players deserve all the praise for this marvellous position in the table. During the week there was so much talk in the media of transfer strategy and very little about the match, so I know that was a big risk.”