Massimiliano Allegri expected a tough game, when Juventus were hosted by Lazio on Saturday, but a late goal won all three points.
Paulo Dybala was on hand to score the only goal of the match, after overcoming a hamstring injury to make his first start in a while.
Napoli’s loss to Roma means the gap between the top two is down to one point, with Juventus having a game in hand. However, Juventus must now turn attention to the UCL and do battle with Tottenham on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t an easy game for us,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium after the 1-0 win in Rome.
“They are very strong physically, so it certainly wasn’t going to be easy to play at the Olimpico. We had some injuries up front but the players did well.
“We wanted to come away from Rome with a positive result and that’s what we got. They defended themselves very well and we knew that it was going to take something special to beat them.
“Yes, that special moment came from Paulo. He is a great young player and we are all happy that he scored.
“Tottenham are different compared to Lazio, they don’t defend as well. This win certainly helps our confidence as we will have to be good and lucky on Wednesday.”