Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has hailed his side's 2-0 win over Udinese on Monday as "decisive" in the Serie A title race.
The Bianconeri triumphed thanks to first-half goals from Sebastian Giovinco and the Spanish striker to go eight-points clear at the top of the table.
And the former Athletic Bilbao man feels that victory at Stadio Friuli could prove pivotal come the end of the season as they look to hold off the challenge from Roma.
"It was a decisive game, it was so important for us to win and we're happy," he told the club's official website.
"We're getting through the games and the distance between us and Roma is remaining the same, so that's great as far as we're concerned."
Juve are still fighting on two fronts this season as they look to seal a third straight Scudetto and win the Europa League, but Llorente - who missed the majority of last season due to his protracted move from Athletic - insists that fatigue will not be a factor.
"We've played so many games that that's normal. Now we've got time to recuperate before Saturday, so it's no problem."
Juve's next Serie A game is at home against Bologna on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled at 18:30CET.
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