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The defender claims the rest of Serie A is desperate to see the champions lose but considers it a compliment based on their domestic dominance



Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says the rest of Italy are out to end the club's spell of dominance in Serie A.

The champions are five points clear at the top of the table with seven games remaining and on track to claim their third consecutive Scudetto crown.

There were joyous celebrations as Napoli, third in the standings, ended Juve's 22-match unbeaten streak courtesy of a shock 2-0 victory last weekend, but Chiellini took the euphoria as a compliment to the Bianconeri's overwhelming success since their promotion from Serie B in 2007.

"I don't think it was excessive, it was just the simple celebration of those who want to win and not finish second," the 29-year-old told Tuttosport.

"It's been Juve versus the rest of Italy since the start of the season.

"When Juventus lose, everyone celebrates because they hope the title race will be open again. The more you win, the less people like you.

"Of course, I hope next year they'll like us even less..."

Last weekend's loss opened the door, albeit slightly, for second-placed Roma, who have now played one game more than Antonio Conte's men.

The leaders have the chance to bounce back when they host relegation-threatened Livorno on Monday and Chiellini knows victory at Juventus Stadium would dent any lingering title hopes in the capital.

"We have the Scudetto in our grasp, but that doesn't mean we've already won it," said Chiellini.

"Now we need to bring it home. The fixture list might appear simple on paper, but there are dangers, starting from Livorno.

"On the other hand, Roma can play without pressure. They've had an amazing campaign, beyond their best expectations."

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