Monday February 18 2013
Early start normal, says Conte

Antonio Conte insists Tuesday’s 8am start to training is not punishment for Juventus’ 1-0 defeat at Roma.

There were suggestions that the tactician scheduled the early get-together as a consequence of his side’s disappointing display at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

“Tomorrow’s early start is perfectly normal,” the tactician, who has given his side two days off, noted on Monday.

“It’s happened on many other occasions when we’ve undergone athletic tests. It was already scheduled and it’s wrong to say that it’s a form of punishment.

“I don’t need to punish anyone, in fact it’s thanks to my players that I’ve received today’s Panchina d’Oro award.

“We’ll assess the pros and cons from the Roma game, knowing that we can do better.

“However, the lads are aware of this, they already took note after the game, and so we’ll work towards our next encounter against Siena.”

Juventus, despite the reverse, are still four points clear of Napoli at the top of the table.

“We must reclaim our League title and it will be tough. This is the first year in which we’re fighting on several fronts and the Champions League, as we saw in Rome, uses up physical and nervous energy.

“It is true that Napoli drew yesterday, but I’m just thinking about my team. We need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

“Besides winning, the important aspect is to make progress in building something important. You can also win without building but, if possible, I would like to do both.”

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