Ramsey talks up Juve victory

23 February 2021 21:42:59 GMTPlus11

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey insists it was vital for the Old Lady to collect maximum points at home to Crotone on Monday, as they hunt down Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

Juve had been beaten at Napoli in their previous Serie A match and they were 11 points adrift of Inter, who had trounced Milan rivals AC on Sunday, heading into Monday's match.

But Juve didn't disappoint at the Allianz Stadium, where they ran out convincing 3-0 winners thanks to a first-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and a Weston McKennie strike.

Juve had also suffered a 2-1 defeat at Porto in the first-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday and were in need of a lift.

Welsh international Ramsey, who assisted Ronaldo for his second goal of the night, insists points are more important than the performances at this stage of the season.

Speaking to JTV after the match, Ramsey said: "It was a really important match for us. We needed the three points. It was important to play an attacking match, creating many chances and even finish without conceding.

"It was important to get back to winning. In the Champions League we were very unhappy with the result and therefore we are happy to have achieved this win."

Ramsey added that he was much happier playing more centrally: "This is the best position for me, I think, especially when I can find more space even in the right area to be decisive."

The win leaves Juve eight points off the pace off Inter but they do have a game in hand and Antonio Conte's men still face a trip to Turin later in the season.

Juve, who travel to Verona on Saturday, are 5.50 for the Serie A title, with Inter as short as 1.20.

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