Juventus another brick closer, says Conte

The Bianconeri boss is hopeful Monday's win will rid the club of their post-Champions League exit hangover
Antonio Conte said Juventus were "another brick closer to the finish line" after their 2-0 victory over Lazio moved them 11 points clear at the top of Serie A on Monday night.

The win comes on the back of the Old Lady’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and the Bianconeri boss is hopeful the three points will rid the club of their European hangover.

He told reporters after the game: “We moved into the top eight in Europe. In Italy we have been in first place for a long time and now we won tonight.

"There is nothing to be disappointed about. There are seven points (left to secure) victory, so I don’t speak of that. We have to keep pedaling.

“We've got three very important points, another brick closer to the finish line. We have every right to be happy, not depressed."

Juventus adopted a more cautious formation for the trip to the Stadio Olimpico, with Mirko Vucinic operating as a lone striker and Claudio Marchisio pushing forward in support and Conte felt the pair complemented one another perfectly.

“It does not matter how many strikers you play with, but the build-up to the manouvere. and how many players contribute to the chances," he added.

“I knew I could use Marchisio as the attacking midfielder. He and Vucinic are beautiful together, so I knew it would be fine.

“Marchsio had an extraordinary game. He was a good help in the passive phase and also at the points when we pushed forward.”