Antonio Conte prepares to face his former club Siena and warns praise was “excessive” for the triumphant Juventus start.
“Last week was emotionally intense for me with the inauguration of the new stadium and my official debut on the Juve bench, but my return to Siena will be just as special,” said the Coach who took the Tuscans to promotion in May.
“Only a few months ago we won the Serie B championship and I must thank the whole city. I'd like to thank Siena for giving me the all-clear to come to Juve despite the fact I had another year on my contract.
“I made my mark as a Coach at Siena. Bari was an extraordinary cavalcade, but winning once can be a fluke. Confirming myself was important and will always remain in my heart. I return there as an opponent and want to win the game. This and the return leg will be the only days I am not a Siena supporter.”
The Bianconeri opened their campaign with a 4-1 demolition job on Parma and are currently top of the table.
“I think it's only right to praise the lads, the club and myself for that victory, but the compliments were also excessive. You cannot be defined by a single game. I thank everyone for the attention, but we cannot lose sight of our objectives.
“We've got to remember we are only at the beginning and there is a lot of work to do. Our path must be that of work, sacrifice and fighting back.
“Let us never forget where we came from. If we have the strength to look over our shoulders, then we'll find even more fire to keep us going forward.”
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