Antonio Conte is confident Juventus are “ready to get back to business” in his hometown Lecce and welcomes Marco Borriello.
The Bianconeri are still unbeaten this season and joint Serie A leaders with Milan, flying down directly from the winter training camp in Dubai.
“The Christmas break always holds some uncertainty. We were coming from a series of 16 positive results in a row, but had to stop and now there are a few question marks,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“Having said that, we worked well on our heads and legs, so I am confident. We are ready to get back to business, because we are Juventus and we must not fear anyone.
“We know that Lecce have quality in their side, like Luis Muriel, David Di Michele, Ruben Olivera, Guillermo Giacomazzi and Juan Cuadrado. They’re not getting the points they expected, but are hungry for success. I expect a tough match.”
Conte spent much of his first six months on the Juve bench calming Scudetto talk, but now embraces their status as title contenders.
“I expect it to be more difficult from here on in, because our opponents did not previously expect such a tough Juve to stand in their path. Our primary objective was to recapture credibility in the eyes of our fans and seeing the welcome we got in Dubai and back in Italy, I’d say we achieved that,” continued the tactician.”
Juventus have been strengthened over the January transfer window by bringing in Borriello from Roma.
“We have five strikers and will use those who are in the best shape. Marco is welcome and represents another alternative, but still needs to get into the mentality, tactics and hierarchy of this squad.
“Football has evolved. Once upon a time there was a hefty centre-forward who would stand there hoping to put it in the net. Now a good striker in modern football has to take part in attacking and defending moves. When Leo Messi loses the ball, he is the first to try to get it back.”