Simone Pepe of Juventus has no doubts as to who is responsible for his impressive 2011-12 campaign. “Antonio Conte trusts me.”
The midfielder has been a key figure for Conte’s Old Lady side this term and was rewarded with a recall to the Italian international squad this month.
The former Udinese player returned to club action on Sunday and he opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over Palermo.
“I’ve made it thanks to my character, to my working involvement and thanks to a Coach who trusts in my abilities,” he stated.
“Last summer, when the media spoke about my possible transfer to Zenit St Petersburg, Conte called me and told me that I was going nowhere. This was very important for me.”
Juve, like Pepe, have enjoyed the campaign so far and they currently find themselves top of Serie A – and with a game in hand.
“The season is long, we’ve had a good start, but only time will tell us where we can get,” the Roman added.
“Obviously, finding something wrong is hard now, because we keep the ball and we attack when we can, but we must go on like this.”
Juve are joint top with Lazio and will actually face the capital outfit next weekend in Rome.