Juventus have a massive opportunity of climbing to the top of the Serie A log if they beat Roma in Turin on Sunday but manager Massimiliano Allegri is expecting a tough game.
The Old Lady had a horrendous start to the season but has clawed back into second just two points behind leaders Napoli who travel away to 14th placed Sampdoria. Allegri is aware of Roma’s strength especially after the appointment of Luciano Spalletti.
“Roma are still Scudetto contenders because they have quality players,” he told a media conference. “There will certainly be a reaction after changing coach and this game is still Juve-Roma, so that means it will be a difficult and important game.
“They have the squad capable of putting together a positive streak of results. I don’t believe any of the top five are ruled out of the title race.
“Don’t forget when we were 10-12 points off the leaders, we were in a different psychological state to right now, but in football it’s quick for things to turn around.
“Therefore we have to focus not on what we’ve done, but what we still need to do. We’ve had a few wins, but have achieved nothing yet other than to reach March in all three competitions. There is a long way to go.”
Sunday’s clash begins a big two months for Juve with a Champions League round-of-16 tie against Bayern Munich and a showdown with Inter in the Coppa Italia semi-finals alongside the fight for a fifth successive league title.
Allegri added: “Over the next two months we have the most important games of the season – Bayern twice, Inter twice, Napoli and tomorrow Roma. We’ll end that run with the derby on March 20 and then it’s the final strait.”