Friday January 20 2012
Conte underlines Juve ambition

Juventus boss Antonio Conte wants to fight for more than just a third-place finish in Serie A this season.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Atalanta, the tactician underlined how hungry he is to get the Old Lady back to the very top.

“I wouldn’t sign for third place right now if it was offered to me,” the former Juve midfielder, who arrived from Siena in the summer, stated.

“I am obliged to give my best and dream about big targets. I wouldn’t have signed in June for just minimal objectives.”

The Bianconeri are currently first in Serie A and a win in Bergamo will see them crowned as Winter Champions.

“We are top because we have shown a great amount of determination, enthusiasm and a desire to win. I want to put my faith in players who want to achieve extraordinary things.

“We have another half of the season to go to confirm everything that we have done well so far. It won’t be easy.”

Atalanta started the campaign with a six-point penalty, but they reacted to that setback well and Conte is expecting a test.

“They’ve collected 26 points so far and they have a good Coach in Stefano Colantuono,” he continued.

“Despite their present difficulties, they’ve always put their heart and soul into this championship. They deserve applause.”

The tactician also knows the Nerazzurri well after he spent a problematic 12 games in charge there back in 2009-10.

“It was a constructive and important experience for me. I grew up, also thanks to the errors that I made. Nevertheless, I do think that things could have gone differently.”

Conte was also inevitably asked about the transfer market, a session which has seen Marco Borriello arrive on loan from Roma.

“Borriello has trained with the squad all week. He just needs to continue working with great intensity. He’s put himself at our disposal and this is a good sign for the future.

“Players on their way out and in? We’ll look to make everybody happy. We want players who are available for us. It is only right that whoever is not satisfied informs us of that.

“I tell the club what I think, but it is possible that my requests are not met.”

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