Juventus coach Antonio Conte remarked that he was only “moderately satisfied” with his team’s 3-0 home thrashing of second-place AS Roma on Sunday despite moving eight points clear at the top of the Serie A table. The win, Juve’s 10th in a row in the league, fittingly matched Roma’s record-breaking start of 10 consecutive wins to open a Serie A season.
“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,” Conte 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.” He added: “Let’s not forget that Roma won their opening 10 games, yet in Week 18 we are eight points in front of them.”
Meanwhile, Roma coach Rudi Garcia was philosophical about his team’s first loss of the season: “I don’t know if this was the worst way to lose our unbeaten record, but it is bad to end with nine men. On 2-0 we still had the chance to get back into the game, but we were unlucky to concede the two goals in bad moments of the match.” The French tactician noted that the Scudetto is not the club’s primary objective: “There are another 60 points available, but the title is not our objective. Our objective is to get back into Europe, so we are now second and that is a good place to be in. After that, we’ll see what happens.” Later, he added: “Don’t forget there will be a Roma-Juventus encounter in May and nothing has finished today.”