Friday, January 27, 2023

Allegri sacks president ahead of Juve’s visit to Napoli

MILAN ( Associated Press) – Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t want unnecessary pressure on his team, so he’s trying to divert it elsewhere.

After eight consecutive games without scoring, second-placed Juve will face Napoli, the Italian Serie A leaders, on Friday.

“It’s going to be nice to play this game,” Allegri said on Thursday. “We need to play well, with enthusiasm and desire, but it will not be decisive for the title and it is a more important game for them. It is not a crash test. We come from good runs, but also from Napoli. It is decisive.” The match will not happen, but it will be very important, more for them than for us.”

La Vecchia Signora has climbed to second place thanks to its eight-win streak. They have tied defending champions Milan on points and are seven points behind Napoli.

The Turin team has maintained its good performance on the field despite an accounting scandal that led to the mass resignation of its board of directors, as well as the opening of an investigation by the city’s prosecutor’s office.

Another win in Naples would reduce the gap between the top two places to four points and boost the Bianconeri’s chances of regaining the league title they won two years ago after dominating Italian football for nine seasons. had lost.

“Two months ago we didn’t think Juve would reach this position in January,” Allegri admitted. “We need to play with a great technical performance and intensity, because we are facing the strongest team in the league. I am not saying this, but the situation, because they have scored 44 points and lost only one game. It is normal that they are the favorites tomorrow.”

Napoli have been at the top of Serie A for three months and are guaranteed the unofficial title of winter champions regardless of what happens in the last two games of the first round.

Partenopei have won 14 of their 17 games and they have the best attack. He has scored 39 goals and has the distinction of being the best. Juventus has the best defense.

The team coached by Luciano Spalletti suffered their first defeat of the season just a week before, 1–0 at Inter Milan.

However, the Neapolitan unit bounced back with a 2–0 win at Sampdoria. Victor Osimhen scored his tenth goal in 13 league games.

The Nigerian striker is more important than ever to his club.

Spalletti insisted, “He has a wonderful way of being on the pitch and takes on a lot of responsibility.” He said, ‘He has all the qualities that are necessary for a match. He’s observant, he’s strong, he has runs, he tackles players. It has become stronger, especially because of its exemplary conduct.”

Napoli have won their last three home matches against Juventus. Another win would put them 10 points ahead of Milan ahead of Saturday’s game at Lecce.

“Even without eight wins in a row, Juve are the most difficult team to face, along with Milan and Inter,” Spalletti said. “It’s the best for many reasons.”

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