After defeating reigning champions Napoli, Max Allegri is increasingly finding it challenging to deny that Juventus is in the Scudetto race with Inter.
Another victory was secured by ‘Corto Muso,’ as Allegri fondly calls it, alluding to horse races decided ‘by a nose.’ Once again, defender Federico Gatti played a decisive role.
The center-back had also clinched success against Monza last week and tonight guided a header from Andrea Cambiaso’s cross past Alex Meret.
While Danilo and Adrien Rabiot openly acknowledge that the team is contemplating challenging Inter for the Scudetto, their coach continues to conceal that ambition.
Allegri told DAZN: “Winning this evening was very important, because we put Napoli at -12 and that is a great result.
“As for dreams and the Scudetto, we need to keep improving step by step, especially when we make too many mistakes. We did well in the first half, moving the ball side to side, then in difficult moments the team becomes a block of granite.
“Napoli had a lot of the ball yes, but not huge opportunities and we had the right spirit.”
In the first half, Napoli had opportunities, with Kvicha Kvaratskhelia shooting over in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Later, Wojciech Szczesny made an extraordinary reaction save on Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
“I have a group of lads who work hard. What we need to do is slow things down, not always try to make it one-touch football. We should control the ball better in some moments of the match.”