Allegri pledges short-term focus

13 March 2018 08:41:02 EST

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned his squad not to think too far ahead, as they prepare to try and take a big step towards a seventh straight Serie A title.

Juve play host to Atalanta on Wednesday evening and go in to the game holding a one-point advantage over title rivals Napoli, who have dropped five points in their last two games.

We have to take it one step at a time because Napoli are there.

Massimiliano Allegri

However, Allegri is not looking any further ahead than the game on Wednesday, insisting that nothing will be decided for some weeks to come, with Juventus and Napoli scheduled to play each other in just over a month's time.

He told his pre-match press conference: "We have to take it one step at a time because Napoli are there, they have a great chance to win the Scudetto because there's still a head-to-head match (to play).

"You have to take things one step at a time, because it's useless to go beyond that.

"We know it's hard to get to the end and win, so you need to keep your head down, we can't get excited if we win tomorrow, because the league, the League is absolutely not over."

Allegri also confirmed that both Gianluigi Buffon and Miralem Pjanic are likely to return to the Juve line-up on Wednesday, with versatile forward Mario Mandzukic also in line for a starting role.

Juve have not lost to Atalanta in well over a decade and recently defeated the side from Bergamo in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

The Turin outfit are 2/5 to take all three points on home turf on Wednesday and are 9/2 to claim a 2-0 victory, with Juventus 4/11 to be crowned Italian champions this season.

View all Soccer betting