Juventus boss Conte takes swipe at Roma's Garcia

The coach of the reigning Italian champions hit out at his Giallorossi counterpart and believes the Old Lady aren't getting the credit they deserve

Juventus coach Antonio Conte hit out at Roma boss Rudi Garcia after the Bianconeri moved ever closer to clinching the Serie A title with a 3-1 win at Sassuolo on Monday.

The result restored the Old Lady's eight-point advantage over the Giallorossi, but now with three matches remaining, meaning the two-time defending champions will claim a third consecutive Scudetto if their title rivals fail to triumph at Catania on Sunday.

Conte, who slid on his knees in celebration when Fernando Llorente scored Juve's crucial third goal at Sassuolo, feels his side have not been given enough credit for their achievements this season.

"I hear people say Roma are doing something stratospheric," the former midfielde ace told Sky Sport Italia.

"I say we are eight points ahead of Roma and playing in the Europa League semi-final. If Roma are stratospheric then I cannot find an adjective to describe Juventus.

"Anything Juventus do becomes almost expected. If we win the Europa League, it'll be considered a worthless trophy. If we lose, then people will say Juve aren't ready for Europe.

"When we achieve something, people act as if it's normal.

"I think those behind us are irritable, not us. They should be careful with what they say, as Roma and Garcia took a step backwards by feeding into the culture of suspicion with talk of 'help' and opponents not giving their all.

"If this is football culture, then it's a step backwards."

When quizzed about his exuberant celebration in the second half, Conte explained it was an action born out of passion.

"What was going through my mind was that we were making a very important step towards a historic Scudetto, as it'd be the third in a row," he said.

"I always had a certain attitude. I was always passionate and enthusiastic as a player and continue that way as a coach.

"I live my profession with great enthusiasm and participation, which I think the players appreciate, as I am there fighting with them on the field, in good times and bad."