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Friday September 16 2011
'Inconsistent' Vucinic defends himself

Juventus' Mirko Vucinic has hit back at some of the criticism directed at him over his ability as a centre-forward.

The Montenegro international joined Juve from Roma for €15m in the summer, but not everyone is convinced of his capabilities in front of goal.

"People always tell me that I can only score difficult goals and that I'm not very consistent," he told Hurra Juventus.

"I don't understand why people say that or claim that I'm not focused when I'm on the pitch. I'm always the same guy out there…

"My difficult goals? I'd love to score simple goals, so long as they are important – not like the consolation I scored against Milan in the Trofeo Berlusconi match."

Juve lost that pre-season friendly tie 2-1, but the Old Lady have started the Serie A season well under new boss Antonio Conte.

"Conte's initial impact has been very positive," added the 28-year-old.

"He's part of the generation of young Coaches who know what they want and who demand a lot from their players."

Vucinic made a substitute appearance in the 4-1 win over Parma on Sunday, but he's expected to start against Siena in the Week 3 fixtures.

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