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23 Jul 2013

Conte: “It’s still early days”

The Bianconeri manager discusses this evening’s TIM Trophy performance: “We didn’t concede, but we weren’t able to show much of what we’re capable of producing. It’s understandable, we worked a great deal over pre-season”

Antonio Conte says he is pleased his men have got through both their pre-season preparations in Chatillon and this evening’s TIM Trophy unscathed.

The Bianconeri, who kept clean sheets in both games, experienced mixed fortunes in the lottery of penalties, losing in the first encounter to Milan before triumphing against Sassuolo at Reggio Emilia’s Stadio Città del Tricolore.  

But Conte remains exclusively focused on the bigger picture.

Speaking after Sassuolo encounter, the 43-year-old said: “The important thing is that we’ve finished the pre-season training camp and now this evening’s encounters without picking up any injuries.

“We didn’t concede, but we weren’t able to show much of what we’re capable of producing. It’s understandable, the lads have worked hard and had tired legs. In fact, I’d like to congratulate them for their commitment on pre-season.”  

The Juve boss started with the much-anticipated strike partnership of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the first tie against Milan, but stated that it is too early to judge their prospects for the season on the basis of only two outings together.

“I’ve got a good set of strikers to choose from, and I will make decisions according to their performance in training during the week. Today, I tried to give all of them a game.”