Allegri eager for Juve-Napoli showdown

Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is already looking ahead to Friday’s clash with Napoli after sweeping aside Crotone 3-0 on Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio, and Mehdi Benatia all found the net at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, before focus quickly switched to the upcoming match against league leaders Napoli.

"Playing at the San Paolo is always difficult and the games never seem to end," Allegri said.

"Napoli have been doing great things for three years, they just encountered a Juventus side that was even stronger.

"We must play with good technique and intelligence, I expect it to be a balanced game decided by details.

"I hope Friday will be a wonderful evening of sport. We’ve done some very good things this season, while their results have been extraordinary.

"It doesn’t count now if you are a point ahead or behind, it’s when we get to the sprint finish."

The win over Crotone sees Juve third in the Serie A standings, with Inter Milan two points ahead in second and Napoli four points above the reigning champions.

"Last season we had some players who performed a certain way and aren't playing on the same level now," Allegri added.

"My job is to get the best out of the players I have at my disposal. There are some who aren't in their best physical and psychological shape, so it's only right those in the best condition should play."