Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

>>>ANSA/ Soccer: Runaway leaders Juve say title not in the bag

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Turin, March 11 - Juventus insist they still have a
lot to do even though the Italian media are saying the Turin
giants have the Serie A title in the bag after they moved nine
points clear at the top of Serie A.
The reigning champions extended their lead on Sunday with a
1-0 home win over Catania, thanks to midfielder Emanuele
Giaccherini's stoppage-time goal, while second-placed Napoli
lost 2-0 at Chievo Verona.
La Gazzetta dello Sport's front-page headline on Monday was
'Black-and-White Smoke' - a clever reference both to the club's
colours and this week's conclave to elect the next pope.
But Juve coach Antonio Conte is taking a more prudent line.
"Today's victory was important but we still haven't won
anything," he said.
"We'll immediately turn our attentions to our next match
against Bologna and treat it like it were a final".
Captain Gianluigi Buffon also warned against taking
anything for granted.
"We kept trying and believed in ourselves right until the
end and managed to get the victory," said the Italy goalkeeper.
"But now we need to stay alert because the last time we
increased our advantage, we slipped up the following Sunday".
Juve's campaign this season has been slightly less
impressive than last term's, when they were unbeaten in Serie A.
With a European drive that has taken them to the
quarter-finals of the Champions League sapping energy, they have
lost four times this season.
But they still enjoy a comfortable advantage because of the
failings of their scudetto rivals.
Napoli have not won any of their last five league games and
their struggles have been exacerbated by Uruguay striker Edinson
Cavani's recent goal drought.
Cavani is Serie A's top scorer with 18 goals but he has not
scored in over a month and he fluffed a penalty on Sunday.
Third-placed Milan are in good form but they made a poor
start to the campaign after selling Sweden striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Brazil forward Paris Saint-Germain in the
summer.
They are trailing by 11 points, which looks too much ground
to make up with 10 games to go.
Inter Milan, meanwhile, are in the middle of a form crisis
that has seen them drop to fifth place and put coach Andrea
Stramaccioni's future in doubt.
Juve's wariness about considering the title battle over may
have something to do recollections of the 1999-2000 campaign,
when they also led by nine points close to the end of the season
only to be overtaken by Lazio on the last day.

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