Juventus coach Antonio Conte preferred to focus on the positives after his team were held to a 1-1 draw at Roma last night. Daniele De Rossi put Roma ahead in the fifth minute before Giorgio Chiellini equalised on the hour mark.
Roma had the chance to go in front two minutes later but Francesco Totti's spot-kick was saved by Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The result lifted Juve back to the top of the standings, level on 30 points with Udinese.
"If I look at the table, then I can say we are doing extraordinary things, well beyond expectations at the start of the season," Conte said. "The fact people think Juve should win all the time shows we have become an important team. We must continue on this path."
Roma coach Luis Enrique was also satisfied with a point despite Totti's miss. "I expected him [Totti] to score," he said. "But Francesco was faced with Buffon, who is an intimidating goalkeeper.
"I am nevertheless happy with my team's display. The attitude of my side was wonderful, even with three or more players missing [through injury and suspension]. The fans were also right behind us."
The result eased the pressure on the former Barcelona midfielder, who had gone into the game under intense scrutiny after Roma's defeats at Udinese and Fiorentina.
"If I look back at the recent history of Roma, then Luciano Spalletti and Claudio Ranieri both resigned as coaches," Enrique said. "In football you can never say never. But I will continue to work provided I am not a problem for the club."
Roma, who are ninth, visit Napoli this weekend while Juventus host Novara on Sunday.