The Bianconeri boss reflects on a well-earned point in the capital: “We never gave in and looked to win even with a numerical disadvantage”
Antonio Conte was satisfied after seeing his 10-man Juventus side draw on all their strength and character to battle back from a goal behind and claim an important point from tonight’s 1-1 draw with Lazio.
The loss of captain Gigi Buffon due to a red card on 26 minutes could have seen the Bianconeri opt for damage limitation and try to nick an equaliser on the break, yet Conte insists such an approach would never form part of his mindset.
Speaking to the media in Rome, the 44-year-old began: “Our attitude doesn’t change regardless of whether we’re playing with 10 or 11. We wanted to win, that’s our mentality, even when the goalkeeper is sent off after 20 minutes.
“We’ve gained a point and demonstrated why we’re at the top of the league. We never gave in, looking to win in spite of our numerical inferiority and it’s a shame that our winning streak has come to an end.”
The dismissal of Buffon, which arrived midway through the first half and with Juventus in the ascendancy, was harsh in Conte’s view.
“I think that in these cases a booking would be sufficient, also because the interpretations are often different. A penalty and a red card seem excessive to me.”
Having praised his men for their spirit, Conte then spoke about the need to improve when defending set pieces after Miroslav Klose shrugged off his marker to almost restore the Biancocelesti’s lead in the final stages.
He concluded: “The defensive line moved badly for Ledesma’s free-kick. Lichtsteiner played everyone onside and Klose found himself free in the area. We need to be alert to these situations, the only solution is to remain compact.”