(Football news) The team led by Massimiliano Allegri has been exchanging punches with Inter Milan, and now the two teams are only two points apart. Despite having 33 points out of a possible 42, Juventus is still considered a significant outsider to win the championship.
In spite of this, Allegri’s team keeps up the pressure, and their consistency in winning three points is largely down to the manager’s practicality. Last Saturday, Juventus came dangerously close to winning 1-0 again at Monza before some late drama gave the Bianconeri a scare.
Valentin Carboni tied the score for Monza in the 92nd minute, but Federico Gatti quickly answered with a very shabby winner for the visitors, keeping the score at 1-0.
Juve has now won five of their past six games by that margin, including a 1-1 tie with Inter, thanks to their final one-goal victory.
Juventus has another opportunity to lead the table before Inter plays on Friday, as they did one week prior to their return; but, the Nerazzurri’s outstanding performance against Napoli on Sunday propelled them back to the top.
But Napoli has been a challenging opponent for Juventus lately; the team has lost three of the last four meetings, including a 5-1 setback to the Neapolitans in the previous campaign.
Last season, as Napoli closed in on the championship, Raspadori’s injury-time winner ended the match here at the Allianz Stadium, subjecting Juventus to just one of two home losses in 22 games since February.
Juventus won this match four times in a row from 2018 to 2021, but Napoli has done significantly better than most in recent years, going undefeated in their past two trips and winning in the latter part of the 2017–18 season when Napoli was only misses out on the Scudetto.
Nevertheless, following a humiliating loss to Inter at home last week, the Partenopei will enter the match battered and bruised.
Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella’s sublime goals put Inter ahead, and Marcus Thuram’s late goal sealed a 3-0 victory for Simone Inzaghi’s team.