MX23RW : Thursday, January 24 05:18:08
Dec 29, 2018 at 11.30am UK at ​Allianz Stadium (Torino)
Attendance: 40,641
Juventus
2-1
Sampdoria
Ronaldo (2', 65' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-1)
Quagliarella (33' pen.)

Allegri wants to end 2018 with another Juventus win

Allegri wants to end 2018 with another Juventus win
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Juventus, who play Sampdoria on Saturday, sit top of Serie A nine points clear of Napoli in second place.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri wants to end another successful year on a high.

Juve, the reigning seven-time champions, end 2018 in top spot again, nine points clear of nearest rivals Napoli.

On Saturday, they host Sampdoria in a match Allegri insists will not be a formality.

Allegri has also warned his side to be wary of Sampdoria's in-form forward Fabio Quagliarella.

"It will be a very difficult match," Allegri told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

"We have to get the three points so that we can end the year well and enter the break with piece of mind.

"Sampdoria have only lost once in their last seven games, and have taken a positive result in their last three away trips.

"It is not a game to be underestimated, we will need the support of the fans.

"Quagliarella is an amazing player and always scores extraordinary goals.

"There is pride and satisfaction for all that we have done (this year) and I'm happy with how it's going.

"Looking ahead, we have to keep a low profile, keep quiet and just win the games, which is always the most important thing in football."

Sampdoria's recent good form has lifted them to fifth and coach Marco Giampaolo is looking for something special from his side.

"Juventus are, of course, strong in Italy, in Europe and even on the stock market," he told the club website.

"We are going beyond expectations. You said we had a tarnished period, but if it had not been like that we would be second or third. It is simply normal that sometimes you lose. The abnormality is never losing."

"It will not be enough to make a great match on non-possession, because Juventus creates the opportunities. You will have to be extraordinary on the ball."


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus20182041113056
2Napoli20152339182147
3Inter Milan20124431141740
4AC Milan209742820834
5Roma2096537261133
6Lazio209562923632
7Atalanta BCAtalanta2094744271731
8Sampdoria208663526930
9Parma208481924-528
10Fiorentina206952821727
11Torino206952622427
12SassuoloSassuolo206863032-226
13CagliariCagliari204971927-821
14Genoa2055102537-1220
15Udinese2046101725-818
16SPALSPAL2046101628-1218
17Empoli2045112439-1517
18Bologna2028101630-1414
19FrosinoneFrosinone2017121242-3010
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo2018111438-248

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