Sunday April 1 2012
Conte: 'It's Milan's title to lose'

Antonio Conte is very proud of Juventus for crushing Napoli and going within two points of the leaders, but warns “only Milan can lose the Scudetto now.”

The Bianconeri took full advantage of Milan’s draw in Catania to close the gap at the top of the table to just two points after hammering the Partenopei 3-0 this evening.

“In the last two weeks we clearly beat Inter and Napoli, two teams who most assumed would be ahead of us at this stage of the season. The victory over Napoli must be a source of pride, because they are an excellent side who did very well in the Champions League and are growing under Walter Mazzarri.

“I am proud of what my lads achieved tonight. We are also maturing in psychological terms and this result is crucial to put second place under lock and key, which is already beyond our expectations for the season.

“Of course we are glancing in front of us, because it is only right to do so, and we will try to take advantage of Milan slip-ups. Only they can lose the Scudetto now, because no-one else has the strength in depth at their disposal.

“The Rossoneri are a very strong side who won the Scudetto last year and remain top despite their many injuries. On top of that, they’re still in the Champions League after drawing with Barcelona, the best team in the world.”

Conte changed his tactics again for this match, adopting a 3-5-2 that mirrored Napoli’s system, although he counted the wing-backs as part of the defence. He also defended his decision to start with Marco Borriello.

“We have one certainty and that is the three-man midfield. Therefore we can play 4-3-3 or 5-3-2. As for Borriello, he has quality and I feel if he had arrived in June to work with us pre-season, then he’d have a different experience here. He is growing and gave us a big hand today.

“I think a Coach needs to be complete, so focus on both the tactical and motivational aspects. Of course, a Coach is nothing without players who share his vision and support him. I have the added good fortune of having a group of players eager to make up for two disappointing seasons and write club history.”