Allegri: Carpi clash is vital

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri wants to end the year on a high note with victory over Carpi on Sunday, but is wary of losing momentum.

The champions have recovered from a slow start to the season, and are up to fourth in the standings thanks to consecutive wins in their last six Serie A matches, while Carpi languish second-last ahead of the game at Stadio Alberto Braglia.

"This is the last game of 2015, which has been full of satisfactions, but they are in the past now," Allegri said. "We want to end on a high and every Serie A match is difficult.

"We're coming off a run of positive results, but let's not forget we dropped a lot of points against sides like Udinese, Chievo, Sassuolo and Frosinone. We have to win and our only objective must be a victory.

"When you climb as rapidly as we have, the climb is easier than to go from fourth to third, to second or first. Tomorrow has to consolidate our status, then we'll go on vacation and start again fighting with the top spots, otherwise everything we've done over the last two months will have been in vain.

"The last game before Christmas always has some hidden dangers. As my team is made up of very responsible people, I am sure we won't take the wrong approach.

"When Juventus return to the places they usually hold, it's only natural the other clubs will start to worry. It's true the lads have had a great comeback, but it is also true that if we don't win tomorrow, then the leading pack can break away again."

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