Saturday December 7 2013
Conte: 'Juve tune doesn't change'

Antonio Conte was pleased to see Juventus “did not change the tune despite different performers” as they beat Bologna 2-0.

He rotated his squad for Friday night’s trip to the Stadio Dall’Ara, but emerged with a seventh consecutive Serie A victory with a clean sheet.

“We know that we have men of quality and an organised system that carries on regardless of who is playing,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think we can praise Fabio Quagliarella, who played with intensity even when defending. Mirko Vucinic had also been doing well, but then had to come off with a knock to the knee.

“Juventus did not change the tune despite different performers and that is the best thing about this victory. I said before the game I wasn’t worried, as I train everyone the same way because they all have to be ready when called upon.

“We should’ve finished Bologna off earlier, such as that incredible chance for Fernando Llorente, as after that we risked conceding an equaliser.

“Llorente is doing better and proving why we signed him. He’s improving in terms of determination, of protecting the ball and providing assists, so now has to target being a hitman and we must help him achieve that.”

Juve are therefore still top of the table and could further extend their lead over Roma this weekend.

“Last season we ran into a few difficulties at the beginning. This year I yelled ‘danger’ right from the summer, but I have a hyper-critical group who hear what I have to say and consider it carefully.”

The Old Lady now needs at least a point in Istanbul to qualify for the Champions League Round of 16.

“We don’t need speeches against Galatasaray,” noted Conte. “We made qualification more difficult for ourselves and it’s only right we now have to resolve the situation.”