Sami Khedira has said Juventus need to stop living in the past and must forget about Paul Pogba.
Juve lost 2-1 to Fiorentina on Sunday — their fourth defeat of the season, one fewer than in the whole of the previous campaign — and defender Giorgio Chiellini suggested they are lacking a dominant midfield player like Pogba.
But Khedira urged Juve to move on and said they have enough quality to win a sixth straight Scudetto without the France international.
“He’s the past — he’s not here anymore,” Khedira told Sky Sport Italia. “He’s a great player, but now he’s at Manchester United and I think Paul’s doing well in Manchester.
“We’ve got other players here like [Claudio] Marchisio, [Stefano] Sturaro, [Miralem] Pjanic and [Tomas] Rincon, so it’s pointless talking about Pogba.”
Khedira said he believed Juve had lowered their guard after a sustained run of domestic success but added: “We have got to keep believing in ourselves.
“We played a poor first half on Sunday, but we improved in the second and now we need to move on. The Italian league is complicated. Roma and Napoli are catching us up, but we’re optimistic.”
Juve’s advantage at the top has been cut to a single point from Roma and four from Napoli, although Massimiliano Allegri’s men still have a game in hand.
On Sunday, they host fourth-place Lazio, who are just five points behind them.