His side were certainly below par in the first half, rarely testing Jean-Francois Gillet or breaching the Granata defensive three but were much improved after the half time whistle and won it late on thanks to another piece of excellent management, introducing Antonio Floro Flores who bagged the winner.
Di Francesco revealed afterwards to Sky Sport Italia: “I was agitated during the first half and I got a little angry at the end of it, at half time.
“I could not wait to get the lads in at half time and express my anger to them because we have quality but we are quite a young team and sometimes play with the carelessness of age.”
He believes that having had a chance to get his point across to his players, they were much improved upon their re-emergence into the Turin winter sunshine for the second 45 minutes.
“In the second half, we were finally dangerous and I saw a team that I liked even if we did run the risk [of conceding] at times. The defence did well and everything comes from the preparation we do during the week.
“We did well on the break and in attack. I always want to try and win.”