Juventus takes advantage to move clear

    Andrea Pirlo was on target as Juventus stretched its advantage at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Atalanta.

    Story highlights

    • Juventus ease to 3-0 win over Atalanta to strengthen position at top of Serie A
    • Milan up to seventh following 4-1 thrashing of Pescara
    • Tottenham claims 1-0 win over Swansea to reach 4th in EPL
    • Borussia Dortmund defeats Hoffenheim while Schalke sack coach Huub Stevens
    Juventus will enter the New Year as favorite to retain Serie A after it claimed a comfortable victory over Atalanta.
    With nearest rival Inter Milan slipping up at Lazio on Saturday, goals from Mirko Vucinic, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio ensured Juve took full advantage.
    Napoli's 3-2 home defeat by Bologna means Juve is seven points clear at the summit following the weekend's action.
    With just one more game before the winter break, Juve is in great shape heading into the second half of the season, although manager Antonio Conte remains cautious.
    "It was a good result for us against a difficult team, but the season is far from over," he told reporters.
    "Winning the title is never easy but through our good organisation and solid play we hope to show it's within our grasp."