Juventus News: Allegri plays down Napoli clash

11 months ago

In the latest Juventus news, coach Massimiliano Allegri insists the Scudetto will not be won and lost in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Napoli.

Juve play host to the Partenopei this weekend sitting at the top of the Serie A standings and with a four-point advantage over the opposition.

Victory for the Old Lady would all but put the title to bed, with the Turin outfit looking for a seventh straight Italian top-flight crown.

It has been a two-horse race for the title for some time, with third-placed Roma 14 points back in the final Champions League spot, and Allegri feels his side hold the edge over the Naples-based club.

“We’re in better psychological shape than Napoli. It’s very simple, tomorrow a mini-league begins of five games, we have a four-point advantage,” he said.

Juventus are 11/10 with Betfred to win the match, with Napoli on offer at 11/4, but there are doubts over whether or not star striker Paulo Dybala will be available for the match due to injury.

His boss played down the problem, adding: “I haven’t yet decided the line-up. Dybala is in good shape, I don’t understand why he shouldn’t be.”

Both clubs have lost just two league games all season, with the Bianconeri winning a couple more than their rivals, but defeat on Sunday for the champions would make for a thrilling end-of-season run-in.

Napoli supporters are desperate for their heroes to secure a first title since 1990 when the legendary Diego Maradona was among their ranks.

The season is nearly over and the trophy will be handed out in May but, whatever happens at the Allianz Stadium, Allegri feels there is still a lot more football to be played.

“There are other points available to win the title,” he added. “It’ll certainly be important for Serie A, but it won’t be decisive.”