Tuesday September 24 2013
Conte on League start & Chievo challenge

Antonio Conte has admitted his surprise at the superb starts to the season from some of Italy’s top clubs.

The likes of Fiorentina, Roma, Inter and Napoli have begun the new campaign in impressive fashion, and the Bianconeri Coach has claimed that the quality on show in Serie A has been better than ever.

“I honestly did not expect such strong responses from Inter, Milan, Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina,” he told a Press conference.

“It’s a testimony to those sides who are showing that you can get out of difficult situations through technical quality. It’s going to be very difficult to win in Italy this season.”

Conte then commented on the upcoming match with Chievo tomorrow.

“Yesterday we had a warm down and then today we’ll prepare for Wednesday’s match. We’ll have to pay close attention to Chievo. It’s the fourth game in a short space of time, so it’s only natural that there will be some rotations to the team. But whoever comes in will maintain the balance of the team.

“Last year we made some changes for Coppa Italia games. When I speak of rotating the team, it will be a measured thing.

“It’s not like I’ll be making seven or eight changes.

“It often happens that the opponent changes the way they play because of our quality. It’s not easy. Because you’ll often find teams with eight men behind the ball.

“This happened at the weekend against Verona. It’s not easy. I expect the same thing will happen tomorrow as well.”