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06 Mar 2013

Conte hails positive response

“We handled the game in an intelligent manner, progressed without conceding and both strikers were on the scoresheet”

Antonio Conte lauded his team for their accomplished display in a potentially challenging last 16 second leg tie against reigning Scottish champions Celtic.

The Juventus manager used yesterday’s pre-match press conference to warn of the danger posed by Neil Lennon’s charges and was happy his men took his advice on board.

Addressing the media at Juventus Stadium, Conte said: "It wasn’t easy to face this game after the first leg result and we did well. In the first half we backed off a bit too much in the wide areas and this made us unbalanced. We were more aggressive in the second half and performed better.

“We changed a lot today and I’m happy with the performances of those who played. We’ve qualified for the next round without conceding and both strikers got on the scoresheet.

“Congratulations to the lads for everything they’ve done up until this point, but also to the fans for the support they afforded us. Celtic’s supporters were also magnificent and an example for the way in which they urged their team on right until the end.”

The Bianconeri now march into the last eight of Europe’s top club competition and the ever-ambitious Conte is eager to keep driving his team forward as a memorable season approaches its dramatic climax.

“We now progress into the quarter-finals and the Champions League is a dream we want to continue to chase. We’re favourites in our domestic championship, and rightly so, but we’ve still got plenty of fixtures ahead of us for which I’ll need all of my players, now more than ever.”