Friday July 15 2011
Conte puts Quagliarella up front

Antonio Conte was impressed with his first Juventus game and assured Fabio Quagliarella “he will always play as a striker, not a winger.”

The new Coach made his debut in a 12-1 victory over a local Val di Susa side, although the Old Lady had initially gone behind.

“We tried to do what we had practiced in training, but naturally there is room for improvement, as we are still at the start of this process,” Conte told SportItalia.

“We are using a 4-4-2 and the lads still have to understand the dynamics of this approach. The situation is evolving, as is entirely normal at this stage.”

It has been said Conte's system is more like a 4-2-4 and there were question marks over how Quagliarella would fit into the tactics.

“Quagliarella is a striker and therefore will always play as a striker. I can assure he will never be a winger. He is recovering well physically, as we saw again today.”

It remains to be seen how he'll fit into the team if Giuseppe Rossi completes his expected €30m move from Villarreal.

“At the moment it is just a hypothesis, so I will speak only when a transfer is complete. Right now I can only talk about my players, who I consider to be the best in the world.”

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