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10 Mar 2013

Conte hails Juve fighting spirit

The manager reacts to this afternoon’s 1-0 triumph: “We wanted to win the game at all costs, but we still haven’t won anything yet”

Antonio Conte lauded his side’s never say die attitude in the aftermath of this afternoon’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Catania at Juventus Stadium.

The success comes at the end of a busy week in which the Bianconeri earned a hard-fought point at the San Paolo before securing qualification to the Champions League quarter-finals with Wednesday night’s 2-0 triumph over Celtic.

And the manager, whose second-half substitutions helped tip the balance in Juve’s favour, believes this afternoon’s three points were just reward for a strong display which showcased the team’s terrific team spirit.

Speaking after the final whistle, the 43-year-old said: “We wanted to win the game at all costs, showing heart and desire right until the death. We faced a well-organised side who put 11 men behind the ball.

“We had our chances, but it became even harder as the game wore on. Having said that, we were always in control and prevented them from hitting us on the counter.

“Today’s victory was important but we still haven’t won anything. We’ll immediately turn our attentions to our next final against Bologna. This week – in which we’ve faced Napoli, Celtic and Catania – has taken it out of us and that’s why I gave everyone an unscheduled day of rest.”