MILAN (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has insisted the Serie A season is far from over after the champions guaranteed year-end top spot with a three-point lead on challengers Roma.
Juventus face defending Cup champions Napoli in Doha on Monday where the Bianconeri will aim to secure their third consecutive Italian Super Cup.
It would be the 30-time Italian champions’ seventh trophy in the competition since it began in 1988, but for Allegri it comes third in his list of season priorities.
“It’s the last game of the year and our third objective of the season after the Serie A title and the last 16 of the Champions League,” Allegri told reporters from Doha on Sunday.
“It won’t be easy because Napoli are a quality side and a difficult team to face in a one-off match.”
Allegri has a lot to live up to, at least on the domestic front, after former Juve coach Antonio Conte led the Old Lady to three consecutive ‘scudetti’.
He added: “We still have a long way to go in Serie A and a lot of points to pick up because Roma will be keeping the pressure on. There’s a lot to play for in the league and we still have to face Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.”
As Juve look to secure their first silverware of the campaign, Roma head into the Christmas break kicking their heels after spurning the chance to keep the Bianconeri on a tighter rein.
Two consecutive draws by Juve prior to Thursday’s 3-1 away win in Cagliari had allowed Roma to close the gap to just a point but Rudi Garcia’s men slipped up when held to a scoreless draw at home to Milan on Saturday.
Roma remain second three points behind, and with a nine-point lead on third-placed Napoli remain the only side keeping pace with the Turin giants.