Wednesday March 26 2014
Conte: 'Juve even surprise me'

Antonio Conte said Juventus “often even surprise me” after a new Serie A record to beat Parma 2-1.

“This was a wonderful important victory against a team that was unbeaten in 17 rounds and they showed their strength again this evening,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“You don’t put up a run like that if you don’t have quality. Let’s not forget we are in an emergency situation, so I have run out of words to praise these lads for playing every three days with no space for squad rotation.

“I am well aware the lads are pushing all the way and some need to rest, but at the moment we can’t afford to do that. So far the campaign has been extraordinary, but as I always say records aren’t worth much if you don’t get something tangible at the end of it.

“These lads deserve a trophy, as often they even surprise me.”

This was a record 15th consecutive home victory, but Carlos Tevez will be suspended against Napoli at the weekend after picking up a yellow card.

“Carlos won’t be there, but we will have someone else. We try to get the best out of the individuals via the collective.

“We are relaxed, especially after this victory over an excellent side.”

Juventus are the only Serie A side left in Europe for the second year running.

"We do feel that pressure on Juventus, as once again we are alone in holding up the name of Italy. I still say a 20-team League is not helpful, as there is no time to rest and it causes more injuries."

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