Sunday March 9 2014
Conte: 'Juve thank Fiorentina'

Antonio Conte believes Juventus “ought to thank” Fiorentina for beating them 4-2, as it was a wake-up call.

The Bianconeri have lost only one Serie A game all season, one they were leading 2-0 in Florence until conceding four goals in the space of 14 minutes.

“Considering what happened afterwards, I ought to thank Fiorentina, seeing as since then we haven’t put a foot wrong,” said Conte in Tuttosport.

They come face to face again in Turin today, kicking off at 11.30 GMT. Click here for a match preview.

“Let’s just say that game gave us the wake-up call we needed and now we are going at the right pace. That match was done and dusted, as we were dominating all over the field and had more chances to finish it off.

“Then the imponderable occurred, as we lost a game that we were dominating. In a nightmare 10 minutes we threw it all away and conceded goals that were very unusual for us to let in.”

There is even more to the age-old rivalry this season, as Fiorentina and Juventus will also go head-to-head in the Europa League Round of 16 on March 13 and 20.

“We’ll face them in Serie A first, then we’ll see which one of us goes forward in Europe,” added Conte.