Sunday May 13 2012
Conte: 'We still need Del Piero'

Antonio Conte thanked Alessandro Del Piero, prepares Juventus for the Coppa Italia and confirms Giorgio Chiellini has a suspected thigh strain.

The Bianconeri finished off the Serie A season unbeaten, becoming only the second ever team to win the title without a single defeat. They are the first in a 38-round League, as Fabio Capello’s Milan in 1991-92 were facing only 17 other teams.

“It is hugely satisfying for me and the players. It has been a fantastic season,” said the Coach after a 3-1 win over Atalanta.

“Finishing it unbeaten was astounding and nobody can ever overtake us. The most they can ever do is match our achievement.”

It was also a moving afternoon in Turin, as Del Piero said goodbye after 19 years at Juventus.

“I am moved by Del Piero, as he represents something indelible. He is the history of Juventus. That is thanks to the player and the man, so I can only thank him. Alex must also be a protagonist in the Coppa Italia Final in Rome.”

That match against Napoli next Sunday evening will be Del Piero’s last official match for the Bianconeri.

There were some concerns before the final whistle, as Chiellini over-stretched and limped off in tears, leading some to suspect he might even miss out on Euro 2012.

“It was a thigh twinge and he will certainly be out of the Coppa Italia Final, but needs more tests,” said Conte.

“We must relish these moments of joy and tattoo them in our minds so that we’ll do anything to experience them again in future. Our growth has been extraordinary considering where the team started.”

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