Ancelotti Carlo

Carlo Ancelotti is not ruling Napoli out of the Serie A title race just yet but he accepts keeping pace with leaders Juventus would need “miracles”.

Ancelotti Carlo

After 14 rounds of 2018-19, seven-time defending champions Juve are eight points clear of second-placed Napoli, having won 3-1 at Allianz Stadium when the two sides met in September.

That was one of two defeats for Ancelotti’s men this season, while Juve’s only blip came in a 1-1 home draw against Genoa in October, and the former Chelsea and AC Milan boss is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing his side.

“No [Juve are not uncatchable], they are very strong, very consistent, but unattainable, no,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In my football experience I have not found unbeatable teams yet, [but] to keep up with Juventus, you have to work miracles.

“We do not know [what Napoli can achieve this season], I think this team has a lot of potential and showed it in the Champions League, which was very difficult.

“We have grown a lot in personality, because these games help us to grow, we are a team that cannot play at a low pace. To succeed we must always work at a high pace.”