Wednesday March 19 2014
Conte: 'Pressure always on Juve'

Antonio Conte said Juventus “always feel pressure to win,” so nothing changes in their Europa League trip to Fiorentina.

The Coach spoke in his Press conference for the decider, which kicks off on Thursday at 18.00 GMT.

“It is a bit of a strange time for us and a critical one under my tenure in terms of injuries,” said Conte.

“Perhaps I should’ve rotated the squad a bit more.”

Andrea Barzagli and Federico Peluso are out of action, while Angelo Ogbonna is also a doubt, though Conte confirmed Carlos Tevez will play tomorrow.

This will be the third meeting between these sides in the space of two weeks, as Juve won 1-0 in Serie A and drew 1-1 in Europe last Thursday.

The Bianconeri’s 4-2 defeat in Florence back in October remains their only League loss of the season.

“We had to put together a summation of the three games with Fiorentina. We did it and we’re sure Fiorentina did too.

“Who has more at risk? Every game in Italy is full of tension and pressure. I do not feel all this pressure on Juventus.

“Our path was meant to be in the Champions League and the only regrets are tied to the game in Turkey. We are accustomed to pressure, we always need to win, so tomorrow changes nothing.

“It’s true we tend to suffer in the last 20 minutes against Fiorentina. They seem to suffer in the other 70...”

Mario Gomez scored in the first leg and has since also found the net in Serie A, so is rediscovering his form after five months out with a knee injury.

“I don’t think an individual is to be feared so much as the collective,” argued Conte.

“They have players of great quality, like the extraordinary Borja Valero. I could talk about Cuadrado, Gomez, Pizarro, Rodriguez, Savic and all the others.

“They are doing very well and have excellent players, so we have the utmost respect for the whole Viola squad.”