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The midfielder feels that the Turin giants' extraordinary fitness levels are starting to pay off, and added that they cannot afford to underestimate any team

Claudio Marchisio feels that Juventus' hard work throughout the season is starting to pay off as their impressive fitness has given them the advantage over their opponents more than once this term.

The Bianconeri beat Cesena 1-0 on Wednesday courtesy of a late Marco Borriello strike to stay three points clear of AC Milan in the Serie A table, and Marchisio stressed that they cannot afford to underestimate any opponent.

"Our excellent fitness is thanks to the work we do on a daily basis. Perhaps not all of us accepted it at the start, because we were used to different methods. However, we’ve taken on board how much it pays off and we’re reaping the rewards," Marchisio stated to the official Juve website.

"The match against Cesena showed that you must never underestimate any team. The Roma game seemed difficult yet we saw them off in half an hour. Wednesday’s game should have been more straightforward, at least on paper, and we struggled more.

"But we’re still first and now we’ll regain our strength to play another game on a synthetic pitch, a type of surface that drains your energy."

Juventus resume Serie A action on Sunday when they travel to Novara.

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