On the back of two straight wins, previously struggling Juventus coach Luigi Delneri now believes his side can finish third in Serie A this season.
Having lost five out of nine games in all competitions at the start of the year, Juve slumped to eighth in the table and crashed out of the Italian Cup. But a 3-1 win at Cagliari followed by a 1-0 home success over champions Inter Milan have got Delneri feeling confident.
"We're seeing a normal trend, maybe we've not quite earned as many points as we should against lower teams but we've got important players back and we're in good shape," said Delneri, whose team sit sixth in Serie A and four points off the UEFA Champions League places.
"We're ready for the final sprint. The teams in front are aiming for the title but I don't see why we can't aim for third place. The season is long, there's still a lot of direct clashes [with immediate rivals] left.
"If we always win and the others too, then we'll stay where we are, but if those in front ease up a little, we can catch them. January was a difficult month with injuries and situations that weren't easy. But we've come out the other side getting players back and now we want results."
Delneri also insisted that tomorrow's trip to relegation-threatened Lecce is more important to his side than last week's clash against Inter. "We mustn't take anything for granted. Lecce are a motivated team who fight hard and we're not expecting a de-motivated atmosphere," he said.
"We have to play with the right mentality, grit and respect. It's more important than the match against Inter and we'll approach it with the same motivation as we had last week. We can't afford to indulge in certain behaviour if we want to win. We're in good shape physically and mentally. When you win, you're more motivated. We're on the way up."