Monday May 2 2011
Del Neri: 'Juve deserved it'

Gigi Del Neri was joyful after Juventus snatched a late victory at Lazio. “We intend to achieve our ambition of Europe.”

The Bianconeri moved to within four points of fourth place thanks to the Simone Pepe strike at the Olimpico, but are still in seventh position.

“We intend to fight and achieve our ambition of Europe. We earned an important victory after a performance of great heart and effort. We've shaken things up in the top spots now.”

Juventus have bizarrely won four of their away games against the six teams ahead of them in the Serie A table, but continually dropped points in smaller fixtures.

“It means we are a great team that need to find their balance. We saw real application and dedication this evening,” continued the Coach. “The results might not always come, but these lads all spit blood for the shirt.”

Lazio felt hard done by, as they largely dominated possession and were denied a penalty.

“After the break Lazio put pressure on us and we didn't move the ball around as much, then it's pointless denying that Cristian Ledesma's red card helped us.

“Having said that, Juve stole nothing and fully deserved this success. In the first half we were the ones who had the clear-cut scoring opportunities. We contained their counter-attacks. Don't forget Lazio are fourth, so it's not easy to come here and dominate them.”

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