Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said beating champions Inter Milan had allowed his side to retain hopes of securing a top-four finish in Serie A and qualifying for the Champions League.

After winning nine consecutive league titles, the Turin club is in the unexpected position of being at risk of failing to qualify for European football’s top competition for the first time in a decade.


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A 3-2 win at home to rivals Inter on Saturday saw Juve climb into fourth place, although Napoli can knock them back into fifth ahead of the final round of the season by beating Fiorentina on Sunday.

“Winning was important to still have hope. We had an obligation to carry out our objective and we managed to win, despite some difficulties,” Pirlo told Sky Italia.

“We would not be talking about a fight for fourth place if we…

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