Giorgio Chiellini has thanked Roma for pushing Juventus so hard this season, explaining that it will make their third successive Serie A title triumph all the more enjoyable.
Antonio Conte's men moved 11 points clear of the Giallorossi, who play Fiorentina on Saturday night, courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bologna, which came courtesy of a fine strike from midfielder Paul Pogba.
Chiellini acknowledged that the Rossoblu had caused the champions problems but he was more concerned with expressing his gratitude to Roma for making Juve work so hard in this season's title race.
"We faced an organised squad that really left us very little space," the defender said of Bologna in an interview with Sky Sport Italia. "However, I believe that it was still a deserved victory."
"Now we've just four games left. We're only lacking a few [points] for this third successive Scudetto that we wanted at all costs.
"We're grateful to Roma for keeping us on our toes and making us realise how difficult [winning the title] is.
"Roma deserve a big round of applause for making us enjoy this Scudetto, which would have been less beautiful if there had been 20 points to second place."