Friday March 9 2012
Caceres: We’ll miss Conte

Martin Caceres believes Antonio Conte’s absence will be as significant this weekend against Genoa as the makeshift defence he may find himself a part of.

With Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini injured and Leonardo Bonucci now suspended, Juventus are heading into the weekend’s trip to Marassi anticipating playing Caceres in an untried centre-back pairing alongside midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Appearing on Juventus Channel ahead of the potential challenge, Caceres reflected on the task at hand, but suggested that Coach Conte’s absence through suspension will be as equally significant.

“Obviously we are missing two big players in Barzagli and Chiellini. If I have the opportunity to play with Arturo in defence, we will do our best to cover these two heavy absences.

“It will be difficult without the Coach, because the Coach is everything. You feel it when you play and the Coach is missing. We know he is a major presence, he is very involved from the bench, he lives the game with the players, giving us a great deal.

“But, we will try to play in the best possible way to win at Genoa.”

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