Antonio Conte expressed his delight after witnessing the Bianconeri extend their run of consecutive Serie A victories to five with this afternoon’s richly deserved 2-0 triumph over Livorno in Tuscany.
The manager believes Juventus have made “another important step” in their title defence and praised the team’s attitude in passing a tricky test against a well-drilled Amaranto outfit with flying colours.
Speaking after the final whistle, the 44-year-old said: “I liked the team’s performance. There could have been the danger of a presumptuous attitude after our displays against Real and Napoli, but instead we handled the encounter in the right manner, kept it tight and gained an important victory. It was important to keep a clean sheet and in spite of the problems in defence we were solid throughout.”
“When teams put ten men behind the ball you need to attack, but also try to avoid being caught on the break. We weren’t making the right moves during the first half and did well to stretch their defence after the break and find two goals with situations we’ve put plenty of work into during our training sessions.”
On Arturo Vidal’s composed display at the heart of a three-man rearguard, Conte quipped: “Obviously his best position is in defence, and that will enable me to play all my central midfielders.”
With the pressure now ramped up on closest challengers Roma, the Bianconeri will fix their sights on getting their Champions League campaign back on track when they square up with FC Copenhagen at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night.
“It’s good that it’s all in our hands, because it’s never nice when you need to rely on the results of others. If we do well we’ll go through, if not we’ll need to improve and give it another go. However, we have plenty of desire to continue our Champions League journey.”
Conte concluded by expressing his support for Livorno captain Andrea Luci, who recently went public with the news that his six-year-old son is suffering from a rare genetic disease.
The Juventus manager added: “Fathers know all about the love they feel for their children. In my playing days Andrea was with our Primavera side and when I started to manage, I would have wanted him to join me at Arezzo, Bari and Siena. He’s a technically strong player and has a big heart. I wish to express my support and wish him and his family all the very best.”