Pepe hails Juventus spirit

Match winner Simone Pepe was full of praise for the spirit Juventus showed against Lazio. The Bianconeri were pegged back inside their half for much of the match, but were resilient in denying Lazio.
The Italian international was unmarked at the back post and his 87th minute shot deflected off Lionel Scaloni to give Juve the points. This came moments after Cristian Ledesma was shown a red card for two bookable offences.
Pepe told juventus.com of his joy in scoring the winner and of the defensive solidity of the side: “It gives me great satisfaction. They played better than us sometimes, but we stayed solid, defending with ten when necessary, with Alex (Del Piero) dropping back to give us a hand. At the end, we sealed a fundamental victory.
“We didn’t manage to get in behind them because Lazio made us defend. I think the team’s spirit made the difference, as it did against Roma.”

Juve are within touching distance of the Champions League zone after that win. The Old Lady is now just four points behind fourth-placed Lazio with three matches remaining, but also sits behind Udinese and Roma.

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