Andrea Pirlo has stressed his belief that Juventus will be pushed by Roma all the way this season – despite the gap opening up at the top of Serie A. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won three Scudetti in a row, all under previous coach Antonio Conte, and currently sit six points clear in the Italian top flight with the capability of going nine points adrift with a win over Udinese on Sunday.
Pirlo, who has been a key part of Juve’s team over the past three and a half seasons, does not think that Rudi Garcia’s side are fading in the title race despite their run of draws in the league.
“We are early in the second half of the season,” the Italy international told JTV. “We have to keep winning to keep Roma at bay.
“Our current lead does not mean anything. Roma are strong and will continue to give us a hard time.”
Pirlo also discussed Juve’s upcoming Champions League round of 16 clashes with Borussia Dortmund, who are rock bottom in the Bundesliga, and he thinks that seizing the advantage on home soil is essential.
“Against the Germans, the first leg with be crucial,” the veteran midfielder, 35, said of the home tie in Turin. “Winning that would allow