Thursday August 30 2012
Conte: 'Juve belong in Champions League'

Juventus Coach Antonio Conte commented on the Champions League draw that pits them against Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Nordsjelland.

“First of all, I can’t help but be happy to see the name Juventus in the Champions League groups again. This is the right place for a club that has and will continue to make history for Italian football and beyond,” said the tactician.

“We will fight it out against Chelsea, the reigning champions in a fascinating double challenge, albeit very difficult.

“Playing in England is always exciting and we’ll find an electric atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

“The games with Shakhtar and Nordsjelland will also be anything but simple. Ukrainian football is a reality in recent years, just look at their UEFA coefficient and the fact both Dinamo Kiev and Shakhtar were in Pot Two.

“They will be very ‘physical’ challenges against the Danes and we must absolutely not underestimate them, as all opponents are of a high level in Europe.

“Last year we won in Italy after a triumphant run that saw us end the Serie A season unbeaten. It’ll be even more difficult in the Champions League, but the prize up for grabs is of the highest prestige and we are very motivated.”

Conte will not be able to sit on the bench in the Champions League or Serie A games, as he was handed a 10-month ban due to his part in the betting scandal.

Juventus and Conte have appealed against the ban at the TNAS tribunal.