Antonio Conte has admitted that Juventus’ match with Copenhagen tomorrow is ‘win or bust’.
The Bianconeri host the Danes on Wednesday knowing that only three points will do if they are to qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League.
“Tomorrow’s match is extremely difficult and a crucial one at that. We need to win at all costs if we want to continue our journey in this year’s Champions League,” he told a Press conference.
“Having said that, I’m perfectly relaxed because I’ve got a group of lads who are used to playing these win-or-bust games for almost two and a half years now - ones that involve great pressure and responsibility.
“Tomorrow is one of these, but Juventus know how to deal with such games.
“I’ve always said our fans are crucial. Those in the north and south stands are the beating heart of Juventus Stadium and have helped us reach incredible successes over the past two years.
“I don’t think there’s any chance of them abandoning us in a decisive game like tomorrow’s. We’ll need everyone to get behind us in our quest for victory.”
Juve go into the match on the crest of a wave after going five games unbeaten in the League. The tactician though, has insisted that his men won’t take their eye of the ball.
“We always treat the two competitions differently and returning to the top of the League won’t change anything.
“We need to focus on ourselves and look to improve and maintain the characteristics which have enabled us to lead the light in previous years.”
The Coach then went on to praise striker Fernando Llorente.
“Fernando’s done very well. I found myself in a similar situation when I had just joined Juventus, everything seemed dark and I didn’t think I was in the right place. He came here as a world champion and a successful player, but has had the patience to take our workload on board and apply himself.
“He’s a complete, modern player, not your typical centre-forward who lurks in the box, but one who provides assists.
“There’s still plenty of room for improvement, though, and if he continues in this vein then he should certainly go to the World Cup.
“He’s looking good up front with Tevez, they’ve now earned the starting berths, but I’m not going to forget those who have helped us enjoy plenty of success over the past two years.”