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Pirlo positive about Juventus Scudetto chances despite 10-point deficit

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The Bianconeri were dropped two crucial points in the title race last time out as they were held to a draw for the seventh time this season.

Andrea Pirlo has refused to concede the Serie A title, saying Juventus will keep fighting for “as long as there is room to recover”.

Juventus find themselves in a disadvantageous position deep into the second half of the Serie A campaign.

Having dropped 23 points from 23 matches so far, they lag behind both AC Milan and Inter Milan in the race for the 2020-21 Scudetto.

The titleholders are 10 points off the pace in third, although they could cut their deficit to seven points if they win their game in hand against Spezia on Tuesday.

The Old Lady have scooped up nine straight previous Serie A crowns, and the club legend’s position will come under huge threat if that trend discontinues this season.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, however, the Juve manager insists that he as well as his players are optimistic about retaining the title.

“We don’t look at who are above us, nor behind us, we concentrate on ourselves,” Pirlo said, via Football Italia. “The goal must remain the same, there are many games and as long as there’s room to recover, we will be there.

“The initial goal was to win them all, we know we lost a few points, but that concerns the past. We have to look to the future and the future is called Spezia.

“I wouldn’t say we can chase the Scudetto if I didn’t know that the team thinks so too. I know the lads believe it, they train well and want to go back to winning the title and this makes me feel comfortable.”