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03 Mar 2014 - in: Serie A

Marotta: "A hugely important win"

"I want to praise the team, the coach and the squad as a whole"

A big win like the one over AC Milan deserves a round of applause. Conte and his players got just that from Giuseppe Marotta at the end of the match. He said: "I want to praise the team, coach and squad as a whole for the work they've put in and a hugely important win against a team who – despite being 31 points behind – have turned a corner and could have caused us problems."

There were only two negatives from the night at the San Siro. The aerial collision between Caceres and Poli and Chiellini's call-up to the national team, alongside Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Marchisio, Pirlo and Osvaldo. His inclusion is, to say the least, surprising given he's just coming back from an injury.

"Caceres has a gash on his forehead and he's had 10 stitches, but he's probably better off than Poli," stated the Bianconeri CEO.

"As for Chiellini, we're astonished because Giorgio has been out injured for three weeks and has always trained separately. We thought he could rejoin the group this week and perhaps we need a bit more communication. We're not stirring, we all want the national team to do well, but in this instance we're a bit surprised."

Coming back to the win over the Rossoneri, Marotta enjoyed not only the victory itself, but also the latest record broken by the team, who with 69 points have bettered Capello's Juve of 2005/06.

"That's nice, but statistics don't win matches. Instead, after two consecutive Scudettos, we now have an 11-point lead and we've proven we're a strong a team and are able to win at the San Siro. That's worth more than any statistic."

Marotta is buzzing but he's definitely not one to rest on his laurels. He concluded: "You can always improve. We're always criticised for our performances in the Champions League, and every summer transfer campaign gives us the chance to improve. We'll try to do that again, because we want to go back to challenging in Europe too, making signings when the right opportunities come along, like we did with Tevez and Llorente."