Saturday February 18 2012
Conte: 'Juve passed Catania test'

Antonio Conte is pleased Juventus ended their dry spell and passed the Catania test. “We’d never gone behind at home before.”

The Bianconeri were trailing in the early minutes, but fought back to equalise with Andrea Pirlo. After Marco Motta saw red, they emerged 3-1 winners.

“We’d never gone behind at home before, but did well and showed maturity, giving a strong response to the fans and proving this is a strong side,” said the Coach.

“We are a great squad and I saw that in the celebrations too. We knew that Catania were strong and motivated with many interesting players. I think they’re doing a great job in Sicily.”

Juve adopted the 3-5-2 system against Catania’s initial 4-3-3 and were caught out at the back in the first half.

“I think we did well both with the 4-3-3 and the 3-5-2 this season, but I believe the team is happier with this tactic. We have three excellent centre-backs and it’s a shame to leave one out.”

Conte had complained a great deal about the referees recently, but had no qualms about Christian Brighi.

“I think the referee was impeccable and deserves praise.”