Juventus boss Conte happy to maintain gap on Roma

Juventus coach Antonio Conte was pleased with the three points after victory over Torino.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte was pleased with the three points after victory over Torino.

Juve maintained their nine-point advantage over Roma – who have a game in hand – but Conte confessed to being worried.

“If you ask me if I’m more relaxed this season or this, I’ll be honest and say last year. We’re having a great campaign, but Roma are playing great football and have enthusiasm. Are they more dangerous than Napoli were last year? Yes. Definitely.

“They don’t have any European commitments either, aren’t getting anything wrong and in many ways remind me of my first year at Juventus. We have to be very wary, as when we gift points like we did at Verona then it gives those behind us even more hope.

“Roma sent us a message last night, we replied today and next week we’ll play away to Milan. What worries me is that we won’t get back from Turkey until Friday morning at 7am and then play on Sunday evening, so we’ll barely get any rest.

“I know I might not be likeable to many, but I am very concentrated, focused and ferocious in my work. I think you have to be like that to achieve success.”

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