Juventus match-day boss Massimo Carrera has a solution to the problem of where Antonio Conte will sit at Fiorentina on Tuesday. “He doesn’t even have to be there…”
Conte is currently serving a 10-month ban for failing to report an alleged attempt to fix a Siena game while he was in charge of the Tuscan minnows.
The tactician can still train the Old Lady during the week, but he has to watch games from the stands – and that could be a problem at the Stadio Franchi given the hostility between the two sets of fans.
“To be honest, Conte could even decide to stay away and not watch the game,” Carrera stated on Monday afternoon.
“We’ve been working like this for a month now and we have refined our telepathy. We work hard in the week and we know what to do in whatever circumstances.
“We’re on the same wavelength. We see football in the same way, we know what we want and that is important.”
The ‘loss’ of Conte doesn’t seem to have affected the champions too much given that they are the only team in Serie A with a 100 per cent record.
“We are only four games into the campaign and the other teams will certainly pick themselves up,” the former stopper stated.
“There is a long way to go and we must continue to work. We have some big margins for improvement and we’ll look to make as few mistakes as possible.
“There is time to grow. We are just focusing on ourselves. We certainly have more belief in our strength this term, but we also know what we need to keep working on.”
Tomorrow night’s game is one of the most eagerly anticipated on the fixture list and one that Fiorentina fans are always eager to win.
“I’m not concerned about what is said about the game from the outside. It is a match like the others, for myself and for the players. It’s just a normal rivalry and everybody wants to beat us.
“It will be hard against a side who play in the same shape as we do. We’ll have to go there with a provincial mentality which is needed to get a result.
“Squad rotation? Those decisions will be taken after today’s training session. We’ll look to pick a team which offers us the most guarantees.
“Our physical condition is excellent and our opponents have to run a lot to keep up with us. We'll go to Florence looking to do all we can to clinch all three points.”
Stevan Jovetic and Fabio Quagliarella will be under the spotlight on Tuesday – especially given the claims that the two clubs were considering a swap deal for the pair this summer.
“We, as the technical staff, have never discussed Jovetic – also because we had a competitive attack last term,” Carrera noted.
“A swap with Quagliarella? I’m happy with the players I have. We've strengthened the squad and have strikers who have shown themselves to be top players.”
Quagliarella has scored three goals in his last two appearances for the Turin giants. Jovetic, meanwhile, is Serie A’s top scorer.