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Sunday September 29 2013
Conte: 'Immobile red card'

Antonio Conte hit back after Juventus won the Turin Derby with an offside goal. “Ciro Immobile should’ve been sent off.”

Paul Pogba nodded in the only goal of the game to beat Torino 1-0, but Carlos Tevez was clearly offside during the move.

“I was told Tevez was offside during the goal, but he also risked his ankle on Immobile’s challenge before that,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“He suffered a serious cut to his ankle and who knows how it might’ve ended if Toro had gone down to 10 men. Immobile should’ve been sent off.

“Mistakes can happen for referees and it is inevitable that debatable incidents will occur, but the team played well and took the initiative throughout.

“Today we were much more attentive and didn’t allow Torino anything, despite their excellent players on the counter-attack. Compared to previous games, we brought back the three-man defence that had done so well last season.

“There was only one team that looked for the victory and that was Juventus. Torino sat back and waited, even after going a goal down. It’s a difficult League and our opponents change their whole approach to limit us rather than play their own football.

“Torino are very organised tactically and use a very defensive system, but in the second half as they got tired the spaces started to open up a bit.”

Andrea Pirlo had been man-marked in recent matches, so Conte opted to rest him against Torino.

“Arturo Vidal was marked by Omar El Kaddouri, so I moved Pogba to make his physicality felt. The goal changed it and we moved to a 4-3-3, putting Simone Padoin in a more advanced position with Mirko Vucinic and Tevez.

“Pirlo is unique and inimitable, so without him we lose in quality and gain in physicality. I had to rotate the squad with so many games coming up. I have faith in the squad.”

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