Juventus coach Antonio Conte immediately put his side's derby victory over Torino to one side to send his commiserations to Javier Zanetti after hearing the Inter captain had suffered a serious injury on Sunday.
The Bianconeri's victory moved them to within a single point of their second successive Scudetto, but their boss was more concerned with the plight of the veteran Nerazzurri skipper, whose career is reportedly in doubt because of a suspected Achilles tendon injury suffered against Palermo.
“First of all, before discussing the derby, I want to wish Zanetti a fast recovery and hope it is not as serious as people say,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “Like [injured Inter forward] Diego Milito, he is a player who made history and I couldn’t think higher of him as a player and a man.”
Turning his attention back to the win over their city rivals, Conte admitted Juventus had not been at its best and was thrilled they still took a huge step towards the title with late goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.
"We wanted to win and we prepared very well for the game," the former Italy international explained. "But congratulations to Torino, who behaved in a very magnanimous manner.
"We would have been happy with a draw, but we found a win. Now we're missing only one point to make it mathematically safe, and to celebrate the title with three games remaining would be great."
Juventus, which is 11 points clear of Napoli with four rounds remaining, can clinch the title with a draw at home to Palermo next weekend.
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