Monday April 7 2014
Conte: 'Title race not over yet'

Antonio Conte insists the Scudetto race is “absolutely not over” and called on Juventus fans to make themselves heard against Lyon.

The Bianconeri restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of the Serie A table after a 2-0 win over Livorno.

“It is absolutely not over,” assured the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“This is a fascinating season with two teams beating records and doing extraordinary things. People should give credit to Juventus and Roma, but there are six rounds left and you all know what I think about it.

“Nothing has been concluded and we must keep going like this.”

Conte picked his first choice line-up, aside from the injured Andrea Barzagli and suspended Arturo Vidal, against relegation battlers Livorno.

“It was the team I had to use. I didn’t have many alternatives. I’m happy we did well, because behind us they keep winning, but our confidence remains high.

“I wasn’t happy in the first half, as we allowed too many Livorno counter-attacks. We’d go with seven players forward and on one Andrea Pirlo move we found ourselves with Innocent Emeghara against the defence. I wanted more balance.

“It is great to see the team wants to attack, but from the bench we ask for the right balance. Conceding goals causes psychological problems during a game, though after the break it went much better.

“We are accustomed to facing teams who clam up, so the only way round is to make the ball move quickly with patience, as with the first goal.”

On Thursday Juve host Lyon for the Europa League quarter-final, having already won the first leg 1-0 in France.

“We cannot take our foot off the gas, as in three days we play again and we want the semi-final,” continued Conte.

“It would be great to reach the final four, for Italian football as well as for Juve. Lyon have some good players on the counter, so the tie is far from over.

“I hope the stadium will be packed and that the fans make their voices heard to push these lads forward. We need the crowd worthy of a big occasion for this final strait. In recent years we won also thanks to them and I hope it’ll continue that way.”

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