Juve can seal title if Napoli don't win

MILAN • Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is ready to put his feet up and celebrate the club's record-equalling fifth consecutive Serie A title "in front of the television", after a roller-coaster season for the Italian football giants.

Juve are a small step away from equalling their 1935 feat of winning five league titles on the trot after seeing long-time rivals Napoli fall nine points behind with four games remaining.

They will win a fifth scudetto if they beat Fiorentina away tomorrow and Napoli fail to beat Roma in the Italian capital on Monday.

It is a scenario that Allegri, who came close to an early exit from the club last October before they turned the corner, would readily accept - although he admits Fiorentina will be no pushovers.

"Our heads were under the water and we didn't drown," said the coach, referring to their early season troubles.

"Now, we're a small step away from completing an historic journey, but in Florence we need to play well. Fiorentina are a strong team.

"But I wouldn't say no to celebrating in front of the television."

Given Juve were only a handful of points above the relegation zone and virtually ruled out of contention last October, it is an impressive turnaround for the team who Allegri took charge of in June 2014.

They can stretch their unbeaten run to 25 games tomorrow, but face a Fiorentina side desperate to get back to winning ways after a shock 2-1 defeat by Udinese in midweek.

Coach Paulo Sousa said his misfiring side are ready for Juve: "We're all up for it. We have a chance, the team is in good shape and we have to go out and play as we know how to against a team that has been practically unbeatable."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'Juve can seal title if Napoli don't win'. Print Edition | Subscribe