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25 Sep 2013 - in: Serie A

Conte: “A test of character”

The manager voices his satisfaction at the Bianconeri’s positive response to falling behind: “To lift our heads and overturn the deficit as we’ve done in the last two games shows that this team has important qualities”

Antonio Conte says his men passed an important test of character in coming from a goal behind to beat a solid Chievo side 2-1 in this evening’s Serie A encounter at the Bentegodi.

The manager again witnessed his troops concede the first goal of the game but chose to focus on the positives after a spirited second-half fightback eventually put the well-drilled hosts to the sword.

Speaking after the final whistle, the 44-year-old said: “We’re going through a peculiar moment. Buffon was a non paying spectator until they scored and once again we found ourselves a goal behind.

“To lift our heads and overturn the deficit as we’ve done in the last two games shows that this team has important qualities. We know it’s a tough league and we’ll have to fight in every game in order to gain a result.

“Hats off to Chievo, they were very organised. We did well to prevent them from breaking on the counter, but going forward, especially in the first half, we attacked with very few players. That’s something that can happen though, it’s our fourth consecutive game, the sixth for those who played in the international fixtures, and we’ve rotated many players.”

Conte concluded with a reflection on Alberto Paloschi’s disallowed goal which subsequent TV replays ruled to be perfectly legitimate.

He added: “Today there was an incident that went in our favour and we’ll take heed of it. We could have one go against us in future and we’ll accept the decision with the same sportsmanship shown by Sannino and Campedelli.”