We have sent out a strong message to our rivals - Buffon

The Juventus captain believes that victory over Bologna has further underlined his side's credentials, not just to the rest of Serie A but also to their Champions League opponents
Gianluigi Buffon has indicated that Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Bologna should stand as a warning to their rivals as they tighten their grip on Serie A.

Goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio allowed the Bianconeri to take a 2-0 win over their hosts and move 12 points clear in the league.

However, speaking after the game, Buffon was keen to stress that although his team’s form is ominous, the season is far from over.

"There are still a lot of important games left to play," the 35-year-old goalkeeper told Juventus.com.

"But we sent out a strong message this evening.

"Much like last Sunday [a 1-0 win over Catania], it was a contest which was worth more than the three points on offer."

The Old Lady were able to stretch their advantage over Napoli, who play Atalanta on Sunday, and the importance of the win was not lost on goalscorer Marchisio.

"It’s an important victory which allows us to go into the break with the points we were after," the 27-year-old Italian declared.

"Now we’ve got the international break and then we’ll take on Inter, bolstered by a strong advantage in the table."

The midfielder also reflected on the Champions League quarter-final draw, which saw the Bianconeri drawn against four-time winners Bayern Munich.

"They [Bayern] are the strongest team in Europe alongside Barcelona and Real, but we’re experiencing the Champions League campaign with great joy.

"We know about their strengths, but we’ll go to Munich without fear."

Juventus sit top of Serie A with 65 points from 29 games.