Juventus condemn Roma to their first defeat of the season in 3-0 romp
Juventus condemned a nine-man Roma to their first Serie A defeat of the season with a 3-0 scoreline, but despite picking up a convincing victory the Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte was only “moderately satisfied” with his team’s performance.
Roma, who are the closest title contenders to current Serie A champions Juventus, are now eight points below Juventus and have lost their undefeated steak. Conte appears to be a hard man to please this season.
The Italian boss considers defeating Roma a “stepping stone” for future accomplishments. Conte understands his side has the capability of picking up major silverware this season, but it was vital to “remain moderate” on their quest.
“I am only ever moderately satisfied until we achieve our targets, so this remains a stepping stone, but nothing definitive. Our satisfaction therefore has to remain moderate,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
Conte further said that the success his side achieved in the first half of the season must not become an “illusion” that becomes the reason behind his side’s decline. Conte said that half of the season still remained unseen which is why his side should be wary of complacency.
“There’s an entire second half of the season to go and we must do well,” Conte added. “These eight points are important, but must not become an illusion, as if they rob us of the concentration and desire we need then we’ll be in real trouble. Anything could happen.
“Let’s not forget that Roma won their opening 10 games, yet in Week 18 we are eight points in front of them. I think the desire to win is a philosophy of life and I tried to transmit that to my players.
There are others here who already know what that means, like Gigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal. They all realised it’s great to win and want to continue doing it, but to achieve that you need great humility, hunger and the willingness to work for one another.”