Koulibaly blows Serie A title race wide open
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side were still in control of their destiny after Kalidou Koulibaly’s last-gasp winner saw Napoli reduce the gap on the Serie A champions to just one point - setting off wild celebrations in Naples.
Senegalese defender Koulibaly was the toast of Napoli fans after his 90th-minute header sealed the 1-0 win and blew the championship open with four games to play. The win in Turin sparked joyous scenes on the streets of Naples,.
Six-time defending champions Juventus have 85 points from 34 games with Napoli, bidding for a third Scudetto after 1987 and 1990, on 84.
“We are still top of the table, we still have the advantage,” Allegri said.
“Now we have a rest day, then we have to prepare for what I think really will be the decisive match for our
season against Inter Milan [on April 29].
“I think the title race will remain open until May 20. There’s nothing you can take for granted in football.”
But despite blasting “a terrible game for both teams” Allegri said he could not reproach his side who have had a gruelling season, reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and the Italian Cup final.
“To the lads I can’t say anything, we play 57 games in a year, the others do not,” declared the Juventus coach. Napoli had lost all six of their previous games in the Allianz Stadium, but they handed Juventus only their second home defeat this season after losing to Lazio in October. “It’s the most important goal of my life because winning here was an impossible mission,” said Koulibaly.