Saturday October 6 2012
Filippi: 'Conte ban irrelevant'

Assistant Claudio Filippi prepares Juventus to face Siena and thinks Antonio Conte’s ban cut won’t make any difference.

Filippi had already taken the pre-match interview duties for last week’s 4-1 win over Roma and was again in the Press conference this morning.

“The team is ready and we trained well. We know that we are facing a complicated team who have amassed eight points so far and without their penalty would be in fifth place,” said the goalkeeping coach.

“Siena are the revelation of the campaign right now and we expect them to be strong and confident, but we’ll do everything we can to play our game. We’re well rested and trained with the right attitude.”

On Friday Conte’s 10-month ban was reduced to four on appeal, so he will be back on the touchline – and in the Press room – from December 8.

“How did the squad react? We have always trained well, because the Coach is always present and the team responds to his suggestions, so I doubt anything will actually change.”

There are strong reports that Nicklas Bendtner could get his first Juventus start against Siena on Sunday.

“Bendtner is at our disposal and is working very hard. We will decide the right moment to use him. The only certainty we have is that Luca Marrone will play.

“Could Andrea Pirlo share the field with Paul Pogba? Conte will decide the line-up tomorrow.”

The Bianconeri need a boost after their midweek 1-1 Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” noted Filippi. “We could lose or win, but the point helps us move the standings. We will evaluate things step by step as the competition progresses.”