Antonio Conte is “moderately satisfied” with Juventus going eight points clear of Roma with a 3-0 victory.
The Bianconeri secured the Winter Champion title this evening thanks to their 10th consecutive victory.
“I am only ever moderately satisfied until we achieve our targets, so this remains a stepping stone, but nothing definitive. Our satisfaction therefore has to remain moderate,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“There’s an entire second half of the season to go and we must do well. These eight points are important, but must not become an illusion, as if they rob us of the concentration and desire we need then we’ll be in real trouble. Anything could happen.
“Let’s not forget that Roma won their opening 10 games, yet in Week 18 we are eight points in front of them.
“I am still surprised by our growth in terms of tactics and mentality, as we are really improving in that respect. Don’t forget teams know us now, they know our strengths and weaknesses. That means we’ve had to work on strengthening our weaknesses and maintaining the strengths.
“I think the desire to win is a philosophy of life and I tried to transmit that to my players. There are others here who already know what that means, like Gigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal. They all realised it’s great to win and want to continue doing it, but to achieve that you need great humility, hunger and the willingness to work for one another.
“Just look at players like Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente who come back and actively take part in the defensive moves, not like old-fashioned strikers who would stand up there and wait for an assist to score.
“Llorente is a very important player for us who, after two months of apprenticeship, has settled right into the team. He holds up the ball, spreads the play for his teammates and is strong in the air.”
Conte was asked whether he had proved a point by ending the unbeaten record of French manager Rudi Garcia, who had been hailed throughout the media.
“Roma are a very dangerous side with great quality and strong investments. Today if Juve had not prepared the game in the right way, we would’ve had a real bellyache. Let’s just say an Italian Coach did well to prepare the tactics,” he smiled.
“When facing strong sides, such as Napoli already this season, you have to maintain your characteristics while trying to weaken their strengths. That is the job of a Coach, otherwise everyone can sit on the bench and pick a line-up.
“As I said before, the pitch always gives the just result and tonight that’s what it did.”
Despite their dominance in Serie A, Juve went out of the Champions League group phase.
“In the Champions League we were perhaps a little bit arrogant playing against Copenhagen or Galatasaray. We didn’t grab our opponents by the throat straight away and we paid for that. Of course, we also didn’t play the final game and in my view on a decent pitch we’d still be in the tournament.
“It’s a growth process and we went out in a painful manner, but gained valuable experience.”