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12 Dec 2012

Conte: "We want to challenge on all fronts"

Bianconeri coach made a triumphant return to Juventus Stadium: "The fans' welcome was really touching"

Juventus won on 12/12/12 thanks to their number 12 (Giovinco), but above all it was a night to remember for their 12th man on the pitch: Antonio Conte. Making his first appearance in the dugout at Juventus Stadium this season, the Bianconeri coach watched his side overcome Cagliari to reach the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. He was also given an emotional 'welcome back' from the Juventini faithful.

After the match, Conte was keen to express his gratitude towards the Bianconeri fans: "It was really touching, it's always nice to know you're appreciated. I'm pleased we went through tonight because we want to be challenging on all fronts. We were up against a decent Cagliari side and they were well set out on the pitch. Now we'll wait to see whether we'll face AC Milan or Reggina in the next round. Today the lads who have been playing less gave me the response I was after. I'm sorry for Giaccherini, he was forced to withdraw because of some sort of flu bug, so I had to field Arturo, who had a knee problem. And I was especially sorry for Bendtner, I would have liked to see him have a longer run-out."