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Juventus will 'fight until the end' against Inter in Serie A title race, vows Andrea Pirlo

Published on: 23 February 2021

Andrea Pirlo is refusing to give up on the Serie A title and has promised his Juventus side will 'fight until the end' against Inter and AC Milan.

Monday night's 3-0 win against Crotone, in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored two headers, lifted Juventus to third.

They remain eight points adrift of leaders Inter but have one game in hand and still have to face Antonio Conte's side before the 2020-21 season concludes.

'All those behind Inter are antagonists, we are one of them and we will fight until the end,' Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia after the Crotone win.

Juventus are battling a mounting injury list and poor recent form, which saw them lose 2-1 to Porto in the first-leg of their last-16 tie to Porto, has damaged confidence.

'We started a bit nervous, maybe the last defeats had made us nervous,' Pirlo said.

'Then the goals helped us and gave us peace of mind.

'The rest we managed well. The start was not the best, the important thing was to bring home the three points.'

Inter took control of the title race after their comprehensive win against AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina and Juventus needed a win to keep up any pressure on their northern rivals.

'It was a really important match for us,' midfielder Aaron Ramsey told JTV.

'We needed the three points. It was important to play an attacking match, creating many chances and even finish without conceding.

'It was important to get back to winning. In the Champions League we were very unhappy with the result and therefore we are happy to have achieved this win.

'It was also important given the other results from the weekend.'

Juventus have enjoyed an unprecedented level of success in recent years having won nine successive Serie A titles.

Conte, now in charge at Inter, kick-started this era of dominance in Turin and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insisted he is not surprised his old manager has built such a strong side once again, this time with Inter.

“It’s certainly not a surprise,' the legendary goalkeeper said.

'I was surprised not to see them show the quality of their coach and their squad. They have a value equal to ours, at least.'

Juventus get another chance to keep the pressure on with a trip to face Hellas Verona on Saturday night while title rivals Inter host Genoa on Sunday and AC Milan face a tricky trip to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma.


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