Friday July 29 2011
Barzagli explains Conte tactics

Andrea Barzagli has revealed what new Juventus boss Antonio Conte expects of his centre-backs.

Conte has replaced Gigi Del Neri in Turin and although he employs 4-4-2 tactics like the previous boss, the new man is keen on ball possession.

"We centre-backs must manage the ball more," the 2006 World Cup winner noted.

"Although our main task is defending, we've been asked to not throw the ball away when we have it.

"The new tactical system is fun, but the main target is to achieve results and they seem to be coming."

The Old Lady ended their pre-season tour of America earlier today with a 1-0 win over Chivas.

Barzagli will be fighting for a first team shirt against Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in the campaign ahead.

Uruguay and Fenerbahce stopper Diego Lugano could also join them before 2011-12 kicks off.

Barzagli signed for the Turin giants in January from German club Wolfsburg.

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