23.03.2014 23:57 - in: Serie A S

    Conte: “Another step forward”

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    The Bianconeri manager analyses an important three points in Catania as this season’s Scudetto race enters its final straight

    Antonio Conte has outlined the Bianconeri’s aim to keep pushing on after extending their unbeaten league run to 21 games with this evening’s hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Catania in Sicily.

    A solitary Carlos Tevez second-half strike settled a combative affair and enabled the defending champions to keep Roma trailing by 14 points with nine games to play.

    Analysing the importance of tonight’s triumph, the 44-year-old began: “It’s another step forward. We’re motoring along at an extraordinary pace, but we need to give credit to Rudi Garcia’s side who are enjoying an excellent championship season.

    “The Europa League forces us to play every three days and we need to keep our foot firmly on the accelerator. We want to progress in the competition and we’ll aim to manage our resources.”

    “It’s a difficult moment in terms of injuries and the same names are involved in every game, but all my lads are showing themselves to be great men as well as great players.”

    Starting in attack alongside matchwinner Carlos Tevez was Dani Osvaldo, whose assist sparked the breakthrough Juventus were looking for on a night were clear-cut chances were few and far between.

    Assessing his impact on the team, Conte continued: “Daniel’s settled in very well. His only problem is that he didn’t start his preparations with us, but he’s got great quality and could become an important player for Juventus if trained the right way.”

    The Bianconeri manager was forced to watch the majority of this evening’s win from the stands, following Antonio Damato’s decision to order both coaches away from the touchline on 27 minutes.

    Reflecting on the decision, he concluded: “I think Damato wanted to send out a warning to the players by sending the managers from the touchline in order to simmer things down. We both understood the situation, after all it wasn’t a straightforward game.”

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