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Tuesday February 14 2012
Conte calls on Juventus DNA

Juventus boss Antonio Conte has demanded victory when his side face Parma on Wednesday in their re-arranged Serie A tie.

The Week 21 Tardini meeting was originally postponed because of the snow, but it will be played tomorrow at 18.30 local time.

“Victory has to be in our DNA if we are to return to being a winning side,” the Coach said as his outfit, with two games in hand, are now two points behind leaders Milan.

“My career as a Coach hasn’t been long, but I’ve understood that there are certain moments where you have to take advantage of situations.

“The game is worth three points. It is inevitable that we’ll go on to the field of play with the mentality required to win the tie.

“We always look to win – sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t.”

The Old Lady are still unbeaten in Serie A and defeated Parma 4-1 on the opening day of the season back in September.

“I remember the first game between us well,” added Conte. “It was an excellent start to the championship for us. And there has been a process of growth ever since.

“Parma? Sebastian Giovinco? Parma are an excellent side, who strengthened during the January window.

“Giovinco is a Parma player. I admire him, but as an opponent. I only speak about my players.”

Conte was giving little away with regard to his starting XI – “I’ll choose the best side available to me after my daily evaluations” – but he’s set to field a 3-5-2.

That side will include Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal, two midfielders who have struggled of late.

“I’m not concerned about the condition of Vidal and Marchisio,” the former Juve captain continued.

“They made a blistering start, but the fact that the team is still competitive despite some players slowing up says a lot. I’m convinced that both will put in excellent performances tomorrow.”

Juventus possible XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, De Ceglie (Estigarribia); Matri, Vucinic

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