Vincenzo Montella says that the rest of Italy is way behind Juventus after watching his Fiorentina team dumped out of the Coppa Italia by the Old Lady on Tuesday.
The Bianconeri won three consecutive Scudetti under Antonio Conte and have shown no signs of slumping under Massimiliano Allegri, who took over last summer, as they are 14 points clear at the top of Serie A with nine games to go.
Despite being without key players such as Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, Juve still smashed Fiorentina 3-0 in their semi-final second leg thanks to goals from Alessandro Matri, Roberto Pereyra and Leonardo Bonucci.
Montella was frustrated that Mohamed Salah's early effort - which would have put them 3-1 up on aggregate in a tie they ultimately lost 4-2 - was ruled out by officials, but conceded that there had been a clear gulf in class between the two sides.
"Evidently, the gap between Juventus and the rest of Italy is large," he told Rai Sport. "This is proven by the gap in Serie A.
"There is bitterness in this defeat but we have no regrets. Congratulations to Juventus, we did our best but it wasn't good enough.
"Cup games don't have favourites, maybe the game would have been different, though. Juventus deserved to reach the final in the end, even if they got lucky at times.
"I am not just referring to Salah's ruled-out goal four minutes in - which puzzles me still - but with rebounds too. The goal before half-time paralysed us.
"We played with pride, it's a real shame we went out with a 3-0 defeat but now we will focus on the Europa League and Serie A."
Juventus will play either Napoli or Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, with the second leg of their semi-final to take place at the San Paolo on Wednesday.