Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says that his team are meeting their objectives for the season despite falling off the pace in Serie A.
The Bianconeri have won four of their last five matches to climb up to sixth in the league standings, and are through to the Champions League knockout rounds after beating Manchester City for the second time in Group D.
"At the moment, we come with three straight wins in the league and qualification in the Champions League, which is the second goal of the season," the former Milan boss said.
"The first goal was the Supercoppa Italiana and the second was to qualify in the Champions League. Then we will be in a very good place if we get first in the group, but we will see this in 15 days."
Juve will cement that first-place finish if they beat Sevilla away in their final group-stage clash next month, but will first take on Palermo at Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday.
"It is not that in Serie A our motivation is different from the Champions League. We had some difficulties in the league. Now the team, regardless of the championship and the Champions League, you can see is better.
"We are playing better games with a different focus and this I think is an important growth for us all. Then in the end what counts is results.
"The results help you to work in a certain way. It is normal that when results are better, self-esteem grows and improving things becomes more easier."