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Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri believes his side need to cut the gap from Inter before the match against them to have a chance of challenging for the Scudetto.

A month from now Juventus will welcome Inter in the latest edition of the Derby d'Italia which according to some will be decisive in the Scudetto race. However, Juve's coach Claudio Ranieri doesn't seem to think that way, as he feels that with the current gap between the two teams there can't be talk of a real title race.

"We can't just hope that a team in front of us, a very strong team, will lose the league," he said to La Repubblica. "But if someone loses the Scudetto, and it's only them who can lose it, we have to be the first ones to take advantage.

"Juve-Inter a decisive match? I hope so, if the gap were smaller it would be more interesting for everyone, but if it stays like this it will just be an important match between the league leaders and the runners up but with a big gap."

He then went on to talk about young star Sebastian Giovinco's future and the situation of the injured players.

"I don't see why he [Giovinco] shouldn't stay at Juventus," Ranieri continued.

"I hope we can get back [Mauro] Camoranesi, [Claudio] Marchisio, and [Nicola] Legrottaglie after the international break, it's very important. These injuries have occurred to all Italian teams and teams all over the world, it's not just Juventus' problem."

Despite last weekend's impressive 4-1 win away to Roma, Juventus remain seven points behind leaders Inter.

Danilo Pochini

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