20.02.2014 22:46 - in: Europa League S

    Conte reaction to Trabzonspor triumph

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    The Bianconeri manager believes his side should have made more of their first-half opportunities, but says he is happy with their desire to push for an important second goal

    Antonio Conte says he is “moderately satisfied” with the Bianconeri’s performance after presiding over tonight’s 2-0 Europa League Round of 32 first leg win over Trabzonspor at Juventus Stadium.

    It looked to be a matter of when and not if Juventus would add to Dani Osvaldo’s 15th-minute opener after laying siege to the opposition box throughout the vast majority of a one-sided first half.

    But Trabzonspor emerged for the restart with an added spring in their step and forced the Bianconeri to fight all the way for an extra goal to take to Turkey in seven days’ time.   

    Analysing the game at the final whistle, the 44-year-old began: “I’m moderately satisfied with tonight’s performance. We wasted a lot in the first half, due to a combination of good goalkeeping and our own shortcomings.

    “We pushed for the second goal and also took an element of a risk by introducing a third striker, which inevitably tends to stretch the team. In the end we did well, hitting a post before doubling our lead.

    “Now we’ll turn our attentions to the derby knowing that we haven’t even got three days in which to prepare for it. It’s certainly not ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s what the fixture list dictates.”

    For Sunday’s visit of the Granata, Conte will be hoping for some good news from the treatment room as the games continue to pile up thick and fast for his league leaders.

    “Our injured players are returning from the treatment table and those who have played less this season are also getting added minutes under their belts. The likes of Caceres and Ogbonna have had to play many games in a row following the injuries to Barzagli and Chiellini. When you play less regularly it’s often difficult to immediately find your rhythm.”

    One player he will be hoping to have firing on all cylinders for the visit of the Granata is Carlos Tevez. Despite not finding the target himself, the Argentine produced a virtuoso display and was influential in both of this evening’s goals.

    He added: “He had several opportunities today, but above all he made a lively contribution. What’s most important is that our strikers play for the good of the team.”

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