It will take something extraordinary to overtake Inter, warns Allegri

Despite leading his side to six consecutive Serie A wins, the Bianconeri boss insists the current leaders remain favourites for the Scudetto

Massimiliano Allegri says it will take “something extraordinary” to overtake Inter in Serie A despite Juventus’ 3-1 victory over second-placed Fiorentina on Sunday.

Goals from Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala at Juventus Stadium enabled the Turin side to recover from Josip Ilicic’s third-minute opener for the visitors and clinch their sixth successive league victory.

The result moved the reigning champions into fourth place at the expense of Roma and within six points of leaders Inter.

But Allegri is refusing to get carried away as his side continue to recover from a slow start to the campaign, and was reluctant to talk up his side’s title chances.

“I can only say Juventus are going through a good period of form,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “At this moment, the team is playing relatively well, though we have to improve technically and make fewer mistakes.

“I considered Inter one of the favourites pre-season because they invested heavily and have an experienced coach. They are four points clear at the top now, so remain the favourites.

“Juve have to follow our own progress and not anyone else’s. There are many points still up for grabs and we have to take it one step at a time. 

“We initially had to catch Milan and we did, then Roma. Now we’ll see if we can overtake Napoli and Fiorentina.

“It will take something extraordinary to overtake Inter, though.” 

Allegri went on to single out Dybala for special praise after seeing the Argentina striker bag his ninth goal of the season in all competitions.

“Paulo Dybala is an important player and he will become extraordinary,” he continued.

“He has improved a great deal in tactical and psychological terms, because playing at Palermo and Juve are two very different things.”

The reigning Italian champions host cross-city rivals Torino in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, before visiting Carpi in Serie A next Sunday.

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