Friday January 27 2012
Juve-Udinese worth six points!

Coach Antonio Conte insists tomorrow’s game between Juventus and Udinese is a Scudetto six-pointer.

The Old Lady currently lead the standings, but Saturday’s opponents are in third and just three points behind.

“We shouldn’t underestimate this encounter,” the former Bari and Siena tactician said in his pre-match media conference.

“We are facing a team who is challenging for important objectives like we are. It is a game against a direct rival, a match worth six points.

“There will be risks to face out there. We just have to keep working hard in an effort to improve.”

Conte has a starting XI to invent given that there are fitness doubts over Claudio Marchisio, Simone Pepe, Eljero Elia and Mirko Vucinic.

“The infirmary is full,” he added. “We haven’t been too lucky recently. I’ll see who is fit and well tomorrow morning. The formation is the last thing on my mind right now.”

Problems in midfield could see another chance given to Italian Under-21 international Luca Marrone.

“I had him with me at Siena last season and I was instantly impressed,” Conte explained.

“When I had the chance to keep him here I didn’t let him get away. He represents the present and the future of Juventus.

“He now needs to confirm the good he has done so far.”

The tactician was understandably questioned about the transfer market after Martin Caceres arrived for his medical today.

“I’ve spoken to him. He’s a versatile player, a defensive wildcard. He already knows the environment here and that means he’ll take less time to settle.

“Our directors are working hard to conclude transfer deals. Let’s wait and see what happens.”

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