Massimiliano Allegri insists he is “more than happy” to take a a four-point lead into Sunday’s crunch Serie A clash with Napoli at the Allianz Stadium.
Defending champions Juventus have overhauled nearest rivals Napoli at the top of the league standings over recent months.
However, they saw their advantage cut on Wednesday after they could only draw at struggling Crotone while Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Udinese 4-2.
Allegri conceded Juve were not at the races at the Stadio Ezio Scida but is still delighted his side hold a four-point lead ahead of this weekend’s showdown with the Partenopei.
“A month-and-a-half ago I’d have been more than happy to go into this head-to-head clash with a four-point advantage,” Allegri told the club’s official website.
The 50-year-old is expecting a high-quality match on Sunday and insists his side will be going all out for a victory that could go a long way to wrapping up their seventh straight Scudetto crown.
Allegri added: “We must look to win the match [against Napoli] because it would be a big step forward.
It will be a great game – hard fought with lots of skill on display. We must get off to a good start.”
Juventus have only lost one of their last six matches against Napoli, a run that includes a 1-0 victory at the Stadio San Paolo earlier this season.