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24 Feb 2013

Conte: “All down to hard work”

The manager addresses reporters following today’s 3-0 win over Siena: “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, well done to the lads”

Antonio Conte heaped praise on his players after they came through a testing encounter against a revitalised Siena outfit unscathed.

The 43-year-old used yesterday’s pre-match press conference to warn of the potential difficulties posed by Giuseppe Iachini’s in-form side.

And his words clearly had the desired impact as the Bianconeri produced a solid display to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory  in front of their own supporters.

Addressing reporters after the win at Juventus Stadium, Conte said: “We took to the field with a good approach, showing great respect for Siena who possess all the characteristics required to stay up. They’re in good form and came into the fixture following important results. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and that’s why I kept the tension high.

“Congratulations to the lads, they really did well today. I’m happy about Giovinco’s goal and for how it came about. We always look to work on every little detail, including set pieces.”

Conte concluded by urging the Bianconeri home faithful to get fully behind his team as the season enters its crunch stage.

“Unfortunately booing is becoming a bad habit at this stadium, supporters can’t boo the lads’ first mistake. I’ll remind them that this team has done extraordinary things, but above all brought back a sense of belonging and pride to all Bianconeri fans.

“My lads deserve respect, they’re all committed to following me. They all know that we mustn’t lose sight of our target and can only reach it through endeavour and sacrifice. Hard work is the reason behind us commanding top spot for a year and our proximity to the Champions League quarter-finals.”