Dusan Vlahovic is not giving up hope on winning the Serie A title after helping to fire Juventus into fourth on his Bianconeri debut on Sunday.
Vlahovic joined in the January transfer window in a big-money move from Fiorentina and marked his bow with the opener in a 2-0 win over Verona.
The victory left Juventus eight points behind leaders Inter, beaten by rivals Milan on Saturday, although the Nerazzurri have a game in hand.
The Serbian was pleased to have helped his side to three vital points and says Juve have to have belief they are still in the race for the Scudetto.
“It was very important to win this match because these games after the [international] breaks are the most difficult mentally,” Vlahovic said to DAZN after the game. “We had a good approach right from the start and in the end, we managed to do what was most important, to win.
“I have to thank my team-mates and the coach who welcomed me very well and helped me a lot, I’m trying to understand as soon as possible how it works here, I just have to continue like this and work harder. The most important thing is to have won today.
“Juve always thinks about the highest goals, when they start a competition they always do it to win. I’m here to give my maximum contribution, match by match, and at the end of the season we will do the maths.”
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Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, however, suggested the top three are the only contenders.
“The Scudetto? It concerns the three in front, Inter, Milan and Napoli,” Allegri said to DAZN. “We must take one step at a time. We now have the goal in our sights. The Coppa Italia and a place in the Champions League: 80 points are needed.”
The Bianconeri’s next Serie A fixture – after their Coppa Italia quarter-final against Sassuolo on Thursday – is a crunch clash with Atalanta on February 13, who are two points behind Juventus but with a game in hand.