Sunday December 4 2011
Conte calmed Juve down

Antonio Conte explains how he kept Juventus calm enough to patiently break down the Cesena brick wall.

“I am very happy with the performance of the lads,” said the Coach after this 2-0 victory.

“At the end of the first half I told the players to stay calm, because sooner or later we’d have broken the deadlock with the way we were playing.

“I told the wingers to stay wide and make life difficult for the Cesena defence, without clogging up the midfield. We did well to keep them pegged back.”

Conte had to readjust his tactics due to Andrea Pirlo’s suspension, giving Michele Pazienza his first start of the campaign.

“I told him he couldn’t possibly and should not even attempt to play like Pirlo. We signed Pazienza to play like Pazienza, which is what he did very effectively.”

Juve are top of the table with a two-point advantage over Milan and Udinese. Next Monday they face a tricky trip to troubled Roma.

“First of all we are focused only on the next game, which is the Coppa Italia against Bologna on Thursday. That is an important objective for this season. After that, we will think about Roma.”