Juve’s boss vows to keep pushing the Bianconeri all the way: “Just one more point is required to win the Scudetto, but we mustn’t ease up”
Antonio Conte believes the Bianconeri’s thorough preparations and never-say-die attitude were the two deciding factors behind this afternoon’s Derby della Mole success over Torino at the Stadio Olimpco.
The league leaders were up against a spirited Granata outfit striving to preserve their top-flight status - but drew on all their determination and experience to extend an 18-year unbeaten run against their local neighbours.
Addressing the media after the game, the 43-year-old said: “No stone was left unturned in our preparations for this afternoon’s game. Compliments to Torino, it wasn’t easy to win today, but we managed to score two incredibly important goals. We played a great game from a technical, tactical and behavioural point of view.”
Today’s result means Juventus require just one point from their remaining four games to secure consecutive Scudetto triumphs.
But Conte insists the champagne corks won’t be popping just yet and vowed to keep his men fully focused until the title is mathematically in the bag.
“We could have settled for what we had this afternoon, instead we tried to win as we always do. Now we just need one point and winning the Scudetto with three games remaining would be extraordinary. However, I’ll continue to hammer away at the players until we’ve won the title, and they’re fully aware of that. “
At the Stadio Olimpico, Juventus kept faith with the recently pioneered lone striker system which yielded positive results against Lazio and Milan.
And while Claudio Marchisio again caught the eye with an impressive display behind Mirko Vucinic, Conte confirmed that Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco still have a part to play.
“Matri, Quagliarella and Giovinco have been fundamental this season. They’ve all had their opportunities to play and featured in important games. This shows the belief I have in them. We started with two styles of play, but Pepe’s injury has prevented us from adopting a 4-3-3 formation.
“We’re now playing with just one recognised striker as I needed to do something different at this moment in time. Opponents start to work us out and by playing like this, from an attacking point of view, we’re unpredictable. Besides, a manager should be able to pick the best players in his squad. We’ve got extremely strong options in midfield and I’m a big fan of this solution.”
Conte concluded by wishing Inter captain Javier Zanetti a speedy recovery after the defender was carried off during the Nerazzurri’s encounter with Palermo.
“I hope Zanetti’s injury is nothing serious. Players like him and Milito have done great things and I have great respect for them. I wish him all the best.”