'Juve have won the Scudetto of getting criticised' - Allegri blasts unnecessary pessimism

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The 49-year-old remains optimistic about his side's title chances regardless of the loss at Fiorentina, insisting doubts are wildly overblown

Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus have won the "Scudetto of getting criticised" after pessimism surrounding their form of late, insisting they have no reason to panic.

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Doubts have loomed over the Bianconeri's ability to defend their title following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fiorentina.

The Turin giants hold a one-point lead over Roma at the top of the table with a game in hand, but have been less dominant than in previous seasons, suffering four defeats so far this term.

But Allegri insists last weekend's loss does not affect their confidence as they prepare to face Lazio and urges calm over predicting their position at the end of the season.

"A team does not lose its quality just because it loses a game. We need to keep our heads and remain focused," Allegri told a press conference.

"Juventus have won the Scudetto of getting criticised, at least. We are still one point clear at the top but we need to start digging deep for wins if we are to stay there.

"Nothing should be taken for granted in Serie A. We need to go out there and show why we are the best.

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"Our results are there for all to see. Winning five titles in a row, it is normal for the bar to continue rising.

"Defending must be done as a unit. We have conceded sloppy goals recently and that needs to change."

Allegri confirmed he will rest Claudio Marchisio for Sunday's home game against Lazio, while Dani Alves makes his return to the squad after a lengthy absence due to a fractured leg.

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