Saturday March 10 2012
Conte starts media silence

Antonio Conte is refusing to speak to the media after his “unjust” ban, so assistant manager Angelo Alessio insists Juventus “will double our efforts” against Genoa.

The Coach is suspended after his red card for dissent against Bologna on Wednesday evening and opted against holding today’s traditional press conference.

“Antonio always behaved correctly with referees and assistants, so the dismissal was unjust,” said Alessio.

“We were there and we know how things went. He’s very upset at this one-match ban and I hope in future a similar situation does not happen again.

“We will face Genoa the same way we did the other teams, with that determination and hunger to get a result. This side has a team spirit constructed through eight months of work and tomorrow we’ll be even angrier about this situation, so will double our efforts.”

Conte isn’t the only absentee at Marassi, as Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are injured with Leonardo Bonucci suspended, so the defence has to be completely revamped.

“We tested both Arturo Vidal and Luca Marrone at centre-back during the last training session. Antonio will make the decision. At this moment of difficulty, we will not change the system.

“We hope Chiellini can recover to face Fiorentina, but must be cautious, as with this type of injury you can’t risk a relapse.

“As for the forwards, the ones we choose will always be functional to the match in hand. There is no hierarchy.”

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