Saturday April 19 2014
Conte: 'Step towards the Scudetto'

Antonio Conte saw “a good step forward” towards the Scudetto as Juventus pushed past Bologna.

Paul Pogba’s goal proved enough to secure a 1-0 victory over relegation battlers Bologna.

“The only thing that counts is to win and that wasn’t simple today,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“All teams come to the Juventus Stadium in order to defend and create a packed midfield. It’s down to us to score early and break that deadlock. We were too slow in the first half, then raised the tempo.

“It’s tough against these sides who defend with 10 men. We did well not to lose our heads and prevented counter-attacks. Gigi Buffon was never called into action.

“This side is mature, has grown a great deal and I am happy. All of this explains the extraordinary campaign we’re having.”

Conte remained level-headed when asked if the Scudetto was now in Juve’s pocket.

“We made a good step forward. We only look to our own results and not what Roma do, even if they are doing extraordinary things. We’re not at the finish line yet, but now we have to focus on Benfica and the Europa League semi-final.

“We will prepare for that game studying their defects and trying to get the best out of our own characteristics. It won’t be easy, as it’s a fiery atmosphere, but we want to honour the Europa League.”

Juve are temporarily 11 points clear at the top of the table with four rounds to go, awaiting Roma’s result away to Fiorentina.

“This season we have something more in terms of attack than in previous years. It took time for Fernando Llorente to settle in and he brought a new dimension along with Carlos Tevez. Now we have two strikers who have scored in double figures, so that is an important element.”

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