Simone Pepe feels that AC Milan still have the edge on Juventus, but the in-form winger is adamant that the Rossoneri cannot match the Bianconeri when it comes to hunger.
Juve currently lead the Serie A standings by a point from Lazio, who have played a game more than all of their title challengers, while Milan are positioned in third, just a point further adrift.
Given that Juve have finished seventh for the past two seasons and Milan are the reigning champions, Pepe acknowledges that Massimiliano Allegri’s men remain favourites for the Scudetto.
However, the 28-year-old forward believes that the Bianconceri’s desire to end their wait for a first official title since 2003 could ultimately prove decisive.
“I think that Milan can still have something more than us, but if you are strong you have to constantly prove it on the field,” Pepe told Tuttosport. “But I think we have a lot more hunger than the Milan team.”
Pepe, though, is quick to point out that former club Udinese, who sit fourth and are level on points with Milan, are more than capable of maintaining their excellent form until the end of the season.
“It would feel remiss of me not to say anything of Udinese, who each year do extraordinary things,” the Italian international added.
Milan can go top of Serie A with a win over Bologna on Sunday afternoon, but Juventus will return to the summit if they defeat Roma in the Monday night fixture.