Conte: Title race not over

Juventus coach Antonio Conte remains cautious over suggestions his team have all-but won the Serie A title.

Last Updated: 17/03/14 at 08:34 Post Comment

Antonio Conte: His Juve side have a 17-point lead at the top

Antonio Conte: His Juve side have a 17-point lead at the top

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Juventus coach Antonio Conte remains cautious over suggestions his team have all-but won the Serie A title, despite opening up a 17-point lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Genoa on Sunday.

Genoa proved gutsy opposition at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and Emanuele Calaio saw a penalty saved by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with 20 minutes remaining.

It was Andrea Pirlo's free-kick two minutes from time which eventually snatched the points for Juve, and Conte knows it was another important victory as they look to claim their third successive Scudetto.

However, he also warned there is still work ahead.

"I prefer not to state percentages of something that could then turn out to not happen," he said of his side's title chances.

"But of course coming to Genoa and winning against a team who played the game of their lives is very important."

Conte added on juventus.com: "The players begin to get tired and only a great team could have won like we did here, in spite of some debatable moments.

"Their defenders were very aggressive, they kept hold of possession and looked to play. They maybe could have been more precise with the final ball, but they were very good in both attack and defence."

Despite being coy over their title hopes, Conte did acknowledge the gap will not make easy reading for nearest rivals Roma and Napoli as the league enters its final 10 rounds.

"Moving forward at this extraordinary pace can be discouraging for the chasing pack because we've now got an incredible 75 points," he said.

"Our objective is delivering a third consecutive Scudetto for the club president and now we'll go to Florence looking to reach the next round of the Europa League."

Juve travel to Fiorentina on Thursday in the Europa League, with the scores poised at 1-1 following the opening leg of their last-16 tie.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Ronald Koeman looking at European challenge sparked by Dusan Tadic

Ronald Koeman believes Dusan Tadic can spark Southampton into a challenge for Champions League football next season.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident Joe Hart will sign new Manchester City deal

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract.

Premier League: Garry Monk puts Stoke furore behind him

Swansea boss Garry Monk is keen to focus on weekend opponents Leicester after a stormy week for him personally.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property