Juventus' good form down to hard work, says Simone Pepe

The 28-year-old reveals that his side are working harder than ever before, and says that he is grateful to score in the 2-1 win over Lazio having missed an earlier chance
Simone Pepe feels that Juventus' recent run of good form is the result of hard work put in by his team-mates.

Antonio Conte's men have reclaimed top spot in Serie A after notching up five straight wins, with just six games remaining.

The 28-year old says that his team's hot streak is just reward for the work they put in on the training ground, and claims that several members of the squad are exerting themselves as they never had done before.

"It's no surprise that we're in form, given all the work we do in the week," the Italy international said according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

"The majority of us have played for many years, and the opinion is unanimous - we've never worked so hard before."

Pepe netted a spectacular opener in his side's 2-1 victory over Lazio on Wednesday night, and admitted that he was relieved to score after spurning an earlier chance to break the deadlock.

"I missed a good opportunity shortly before, party due to [Lazio keeper Federico] Marchetti's good work, and partly due to my error. I soon made amends, though, thankfully!"

Juventus travel to Cesena on Sunday for their next league game as they look to cement their place at the top of Serie A.