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Massimiliano Allegri turns his attention to Napoli

Leaders Juventus host Napoli on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri switched the focus to Juventus’ top-of-the-table clash with Napoli after the leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Crotone.

Juve started brightly, with Alex Sandro opening the scoring after 17 minutes but they were pegged back in the 65th minute as Simy’s overhead kick drew the hosts level.

And Napoli’s 4-2 victory over Udinese saw Juve’s advantage at the top of Serie A cut to four points.

Allegri, whose side host Napoli on Sunday, seemed content with the gap.

He told the club’s official website: “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.

“We must look to win the match 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.

“We didn’t play well today and we struggled a little. It wasn’t easy as we needed to keep hold of the ball without trying to rush things but even in the first half you got the impression we might concede tonight.

“We didn’t stay tight enough and we let Crotone get lots of balls into the box and break through down the right.”

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