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Light task for Juve after crash in Munich



A home game against relegation-threatened Pescara is welcome news for Serie A leaders Juventus after a Champions League crash at Bayern Munich.

The Bianconeri lost 2-0 on Tuesday in the away leg of the quarterfinals and seem to have little hope of remaining in the elite tournament when they welcome the designated Bundesliga champions next week.

Things remain bright in the home league, where the Turin title holders, playing Saturday at the Juventus Stadium, hold a nine-point lead over Napoli with eight games remaining.

The Naples side host troubled Genoa late Sunday as they look to defend second place from AC Milan, who are two points behind before visiting Fiorentina Sunday.

Two straight wins ended Napoli's bad run of four draws and one defeat, which allowed Juve to open a lead that appears impossible to close.

"Without that little crisis, Napoli would still be fighting for the title," midfielder Blerim Dzemaili after a hat-trick last weekend in a 5-3 win at Torino.

League top striker Edinson Cavani was also on target to notch a second consecutive brace and move onto 22 goals, six clear of Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy.

The young international and his partner Mario Balotelli, on seven goals from as many games since arriving from Manchester City, seek a fifth straight win in Florence as they look to leapfrog Napoli and gain direct access to the next Champions League.

"It will be a tough game, but we want to take home three points," Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari said.

"The next games will not be easy, but we keep our feet on the ground, as we did during our difficult period at the start of the season. We go to Florence to win, then we tackle Napoli and Juventus (on April 14 and 21)."

The Florentine squad sit fourth, one point clear of Inter Milan and Lazio in the race for two Europa League berths.

The Nerazzurri clinched a 2-0 win at Sampdoria in mid-week to move level on points with Lazio and late Sunday play a regional derby with Atalanta.

Lazio have Europa League duty Thursday at Fenerbahce before a city derby with Roma on Monday.

Remaining action sees Bologna and Torino play late Saturday, with Siena v Parma, Catania v Cagliari, Udinese v Chievo and Sampdoria v Palermo set for Sunday.

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