Post subject: Allegri lavishes praise on Juventus’ title rivals Napoli
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| As his side prepare for a tricky home game against Genoa, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri took time out to speak very highly of table-toppers Napoli.
The Partenopei are the biggest threat to Juve’s crown as undisputed champions of Italy in many years, and the former Cagliari coach acknowledged that on Tuesday.
Having lost just twice all season in Serie A, Napoli currently lead the league by two points ahead of the current Scudetto holders, who they beat 2-1 earlier this season.
“Currently, we have five points less than we did at the same time last season,” Allegri pointed out, when speaking to the assembled media. “It has to be said though that Napoli are doing extraordinary things.
“There are now only two games to go before we play them but I still believe that it will be the last six games that will be crucial to deciding the Scudetto. I also heard about [Napoli coach Maurizio] Sarri saying that we are still not a complete team but all I have to say is that he should be happy with what his own team are doing.
“You shouldn’t look at someone else’s affairs but I respect everyone’s views regardless.”
Before they can concentrate too much on Napoli though, they have to get past Genoa on Wednesday. The omens are good for the Bianconeri ahead of this fixture as it is 25 years since the Rossoblu lasted tasted victory in Turin, while they have scored only once in their last five Serie A matches against the reigning champions.
“Individually, they have some very good players,” added Allegri. “They have [Leonardo] Pavoletti, among others, who is playing very well this season.
“Whenever you come up against a team coach by [Gian Piero] Gasperini, it is always going to be difficult but as always, we will be going out with the intention of winning.