Sunday March 9 2014
Conte: '50 per cent Champions'

Antonio Conte admits Juventus are “50 per cent Champions of Italy” after seeing off Fiorentina 1-0.

The Bianconeri notched up a 14th consecutive home victory, matching the all-time Serie A record set by Torino in 1975-76.

“We played the first half at a high level, then after the break we dropped back in part due to fatigue after international duty,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We allowed Fiorentina only one chance to score, rarely ran risks and held out pretty well.”

These teams will face off again on Thursday in the Europa League with the second leg on March 20.

“It won’t be difficult to prepare for that game because we have reference points and know them well. It will be a battle.

“It was important to win today because this is Serie A and with victories over Milan and Fiorentina we’ve put pressure on the chasing pack.”

Second-placed Roma visit Napoli in third this evening, so Juve’s lead at the top of the table could be extended.

“Will I watch the game? I can’t eat when I’m nervous! We will watch it in a relaxed and satisfied manner, because we have done our job.

“We did well to win the first Scudetto unbeaten, while last season only Inter and Sampdoria got the better of us. This term we are pretty winning too...

“There are still 11 rounds to go, but we are 50 per cent Champions of Italy. We’re going at an extraordinary pace, but they’re not letting up behind us either.

“What do I tell the fans about the future? Nothing, as we should focus on the present, because confirming our status would be extraordinary and historic.”