Antonio Conte trusts Sunday evening’s clash with Roma will be “tough and entertaining,” but reveals Fabio Quagliarella could miss out.
Juventus need a victory to be sure of holding on to the Serie A leadership, as Milan welcome Bologna tomorrow afternoon.
“It’s going to be a tough and entertaining game. We know we’re facing a side that is in good shape and can hurt anyone if in the right mood. We are ready to step on to the field, aware of our potential and good form,” said the Coach in his press conference.
“If you work at Juve or Milan, then you are always obliged to win from the first game to the last. If you are at the end of the season with two teams so close in the table, it’s even more important not to slip up. We will certainly be highly motivated.”
Quagliarella had been tipped to start the match, but Conte revealed he might not be able to feature at all.
“He had a problem with his upper thigh and I’m not sure if he will even be there tomorrow. He could be left at home.”
Roma are traditionally not a club with much patience, but they and the fans have stuck by Luis Enrique despite some very disappointing results.
“He always had the total support of the club and the city. This is thanks to him, because he brought a new mentality that everyone at Roma married without hesitation. It is difficult to work at Roma, so the club did a great job protecting him in difficult moments. I really respect Luis Enrique.”
Conte was in the headlines this week when reports emerged of his name being mentioned in the match-fixing investigation into his time at Siena.
“I read about that, but there is an investigation and I have faith in the authorities. Nobody has called me to testify, but if that happens then I will be happy to respond to all questions.
“Is it an attempt to destabilise Juve? If they try that, then they’ll find a brick wall. In fact, it would only increase our hunger and determination, trebling our desire to achieve something extraordinary.
“It is a dream to be six rounds from the end of the season with the Scudetto and Coppa Italia within our grasp.”
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