Saturday November 26 2011
Conte: 'Beyond expectations'

Antonio Conte concedes the victory at Lazio is “an important sign of our maturity. Juventus are going beyond all expectations.”

The two sides were joint leaders going into this weekend, but Simone Pepe secured a 1-0 result and now Juve are clear at the top despite having a game in hand.

“We are happy because we won against a very strong side that will fight to the end for the top spots,” assured Conte.

“As far as we are concerned, this performance is an important sign of our maturity. We suffered under pressure too, but that’s inevitable at the Olimpico and we never stopped looking for the second goal.

“I told the lads that if we came here to win 1-0, we would lose. Therefore being a little bit open to counter-attacks was to be expected.

“I’m happy, as it was not an easy match and we won a top of the table clash.”

This week Conte declared he would not mention the Scudetto, but after this result it seems inevitable they’re among the favourites.

“I am still superstitious, but we are going beyond all expectations and the credit for that goes to the players.

“I reserve particular praise tonight for Andrea Pirlo, as two days ago he picked up an injury, but grit his teeth to carry on like a great man. He’s important for us on the field and off it.”

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