Antonio Conte has reiterated that ‘nothing is easy’ for Juventus ahead of facing Bologna, as he updates on Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Barzagli.
The Turin outfit can move a step closer towards a third consecutive Scudetto tomorrow evening when they host the Felsinei, in what is seen as an easier fixture than chasing Roma face later, away to Fiorentina.
However, for Juve’s tactician, it would be a mistake to assume where the results may fall.
“Nothing is easy, it may be easy at the 90th, 95th minute, when the game is won and then you can believe it is easy,” Conte responded to reporters at Friday’s Press conference.
“I think that tomorrow against Bologna it will be a very difficult undertaking.
“Precisely for this reason I wish and hope that tomorrow the stadium’s atmosphere will be very heated, because Juve’s fans should feel the importance of the moment, the importance of this game, because, I repeat, to win against Bologna we can definitely say would not be decisive, but would be crucial.
“As for what the others [Roma] do, I always tell my boys, we try to win ours, because we are in an optimal situation, where we cannot look at others and must think only to our result.
“We have to be very careful because Davide Ballardini has drawn here the last two years, with both Cagliari and Genoa, so we must pay great attention, not take anything for granted, we know this very well.”
Conte was asked if he would risk bringing back Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Barzagli against Bologna, or preserve them for the following midweek’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Benfica.
“I think they are different situations, in the sense that Carlos and Arturo have some issues and they were rested in the match against Udinese, they are recovering and we are trying to get them up to the best possible condition, because I would like them to feel good, to be able to give 110 per cent as they always do.
“Barzagli is no longer injured. Barzagli has been away for more than a month, he is available. It is inevitable that now he has to return to the field, find the rhythm of the game, and then I do not know if tomorrow he will start or appear during the game.
“Yet, Barzagli is able and called up, so these are two different situations.”
The 44-year-old, who also spoke on his future, was asked if Sebastian Giovinco’s performance for the Bianconeri away at Udinese last week is a turning point after recent scrutiny from supporters.
“Surely the match against Udinese was a tough game, tricky, and the fact that in the game he has done something decisive, certainly that should give him confidence, it must empower him.
“But I repeat, for me, Giovinco is a player who has amazing qualities. If convinced, he can become decisive even in a squad like Juventus’, both in starting a game but also in entering a game, as happened against Lyon.”