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Allegri: Juve still on top of the table, still have the advantage

Manager’s comments after home loss throws open Scudetto race

SSC Napoli v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Juventus lost to Napoli at home as the Scudetto race got blown wide open again with just four games to go. The Bianconeri face a tougher run-in with just a one point lead now, with Massimiliano Allegri admitting that his side were off the pace today.

“It was a terrible game from both teams. There were barely any shots on goal. We had some difficulties, but we should’ve taken it to the end more carefully rather than allow a goal from a set play.

“It’s a head-to-head and anything can happen in those situations. Now we have a rest day, then have to prepare for what I think really will be the decisive match for our season against Inter.

“We are still top of the table, we still have the advantage. There are four games to go, two at home and two away, so we’ll see what happens.

Opponents Napoli weren’t much better but looked more likely to score on the evening.

“Napoli deserve some credit for their victory, but there were barely any chances. They had to win, we needed to either win or not lose.

“There is another advantage, as goal difference is in our favour and the head-to-head record is even. We have to shake off this match, get ready for the next and that will be very important.

“Napoli did well in their pressing tonight, we were less good in our control of the ball. I told the lads we have to shake this off in a couple of days, because I think the Inter game will be decisive for our campaign.”

It was more than that though, as Juve failed to register a single shot on goal, the first time since the move to the Juventus Stadium.

“I don’t know if it’s the worst Juve performance of the season. You don’t have to play well all the time… It’s not easy to win any game and I think the title race will remain open until May 20. There’s nothing you can take for granted in football.”

Paulo Dybala was underwhelming and was taken off at the break.

“I only replaced Dybala because I needed more coverage and physicality on the wings. That’s also why Mario Mandzukic came on.

“Napoli deserve some credit. It was a head-to-head that was decided by a single incident. Napoli kept possession, as they’re good at that, and we weren’t as sharp as usual on the counter. They deserve some credit, but we have to focus on the next match.”

Giorgio Chiellini also went off injured early in the game and there was talk that he was done for the season with a hyper-extended knee, but Allegri wouldn’t say much.

“Chiellini almost certainly won’t be ready for the Inter game”