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The midfielder struck his side's second goal as they came from behind to win on Monday and move to within just two points of defending their title


Claudio Marchisio was full of pride for the character shown by Juventus as they moved to within one win of defending their Serie A title with a 3-1 victory over Sassuolo.

Simone Zaza handed the hosts a shock lead before Carlos Tevez levelled, and Marchisio turned home Andrea Pirlo's chipped pass prior to Fernando Llorente's clever finish, which sealed a win in the pouring rain at the Citta del Tricolore.

Marchisio and Llorente's goals sparked wild celebrations on the touchline as Juve closed to within just two points of the Scudetto, and the Italy international admitted afterwards that his side's character throughout the season was reflected in the joyous scenes at Sassuolo.

"The celebration is because we need two points from three games. It was really a difficult game due to the weather, the turf and Sassuolo, who put us under a lot of pressure," Marchisio told Sky Sport Italia.

"This match reflects our season, as we got through with character and determination. We're nearly there.

"It was an important goal, just as all of them were today. I told Andrea Pirlo that, on a pitch like this, it's always better to play it [the pass] first time."

Juve now turn their attentions to the Europa League, as they attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit to Portuguese champions Benfica in Thursday's semi-final second leg in Turin.

"Now we are close to another objective that we really care about, so have to be focused on that," added Marchisio. "We already showed in Portugal that we are improving in Europe and we'll give our all with home advantage."

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