Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has not given up hope of playing in UEFA Champions League next season, despite his side sitting in seventh place in Serie A with just three games left.
Juve kept alive their faint hopes with a 1-0 victory at Lazio on Monday night that pulled them back to within four points of their opponents, who are fourth. And, the victory has the Italian international hoping the Turin giants can pull off a remarkable smash and grab feat.
"We still hope we'll qualify for the Champions League," Chiellini said. "The victory over Lazio has got us kicking ourselves over the points we dropped before that. But now we need three wins and then we'll see. We need to be lucky and hope our rivals slip up."
Had Juve lost to Lazio they would have been out of the running, but now they know that three wins could be enough to snatch the fourth spot.
The problem is that they also need to overhaul Udinese and Roma, who both have a three-point advantage on the Old Lady of Turin. Having been eight points behind Lazio ten days ago, though, Juve know that things can change quickly in football.
They are in the best form of the four teams chasing the final Champions League qualifying spot in Serie A, as they have not been beaten in their last seven matches. Lazio have lost five of the last nine, Udinese have lost four of their last five, while Roma have lost two of their last three at home.