Chiellini: Roma must prove themselves against Juventus

The defender insists his side have proven they are Italy's strongest with their performances in recent seasons after Francesco Totti suggested they are helped by officials
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is eager to put Roma's unbeaten record to the test when Serie A's top two meet on Sunday.

The defending champions currently hold a five-point lead over Rudi Garcia's men, who sit second and remain unbeaten in the league after 17 matches following their record-breaking, 10-game winning start to the season.

Giallorossi star Francesco Totti suggested earlier this term that Juve have benefitted from refereeing decisions so far in the 2013-14 campaign, but Chiellini is determined to prove they deserve to be at the top of the table when the sides meet in Turin.

"Over the past two and a half years we have proven to be the strongest on the pitch. We prove it in every game and we want to prove it on Sunday," he told Sportmediaset.

"Roma are doing great in the league, with a start that will go down in history. They are unbeaten and we cannot wait to face them to see if they'll be so good against us, too."

Chiellini's defensive partner Leonardo Bonucci went on to praise Roma's improvement under Garcia this season but insists his side are determined to clinch a third-straight Scudetto by staying true to their own style.

"Certainly the team has improved under Garcia, they have important individuals and will definitely do anything to throw a spanner into the works for Juve," he told JTV.

"But it's normal that, when you're in front, it all depends on you. With our quality, with our own game, we want to win a third league title in a row."