Tuesday January 8 2013
Juventus boss to rotate in Coppa

Juventus Coach Antonio Conte has confirmed that he’ll start some of his squad players in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia tie against Milan.

Although the Old Lady are only 90 minutes away from a place in the semi-finals, Conte will rest some of his key men such as Andrea Pirlo.

“There will be a bit of rotation,” Conte said this morning. “Luca Marrone will play in the Pirlo role. I want to see how he gets on. He represents the present and the future. I want to see his growth.

“The Coppa Italia gives me the opportunity to field those who have played less so far this season. It's a tough test, but one that allows me to assess the development of my players.”

Claudio Marchisio will be missing because of injury, while it is unclear whether Mirko Vucinic will be part of the game because of an ankle issue.

“Marchisio's injury is thankfully just heavy bruising,” the tactician continued. “He should shake it off in the next few days. I'm happy it's nothing serious.

“Vucinic’s condition is stable. He is recovering and we're keeping an eye on the number of minutes he plays. I'm not sure if I'll risk him tomorrow.”

Juve will go into the Juventus Stadium tie just a matter of days after their shock home defeat to Sampdoria.

“We should never end up losing a game when playing 11 against 10. We should have won that game. There were some peculiar incidents in which we were unfortunate.”

Wednesday’s Cup clash will also see Conte revive his rivalry with opposite number Massimiliano Allegri.

“He’s won the Scudetto, he’s done well for Milan. We are opponents on the pitch, but there is respect and admiration between us.

“The Italian Cup is without doubt a real objective for Milan, but it is for us too.”

“We'll be up against a great Milan side tomorrow and we're fully determined to put in a good performance.”

Conte was also asked for the transfer truth regarding a possible January swoop for Shanghai Shenhua ace Didier Drogba.

“Both Beppe Marotta and myself have spoken the truth about Drogba. It is only normal that the director general looks at a lot of players.

“Then, depending on finances and the response of the players, we’ll decide what to do. But there is nothing new to report as Marotta has not told me anything.”