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06 Jan 2014 - in: Serie A

Conte: “A long way to go”

Antonio Conte urges his men to keep their feet on the ground after masterminding tonight’s three-goal success over the Giallorossi: “It’s an important step but anything can still happen”

Antonio Conte has claimed the Bianconeri should take heart from their surge to the top of the championship, but urged them not to lose sight of the task that lies ahead from now until the end of the season.  

Speaking after masterminding his side to a 3-0 home win over nearest challengers Roma, the 44-year-old said: “Tonight’s victory is just an important step. We’ve still got one more game in Cagliari to round off the first half of the season, then on with the second.

“The eight-point gap is important but we can’t afford to let it pull the wool over our eyes and lose concentration. Anything is still possible, just look at how we’ve made up 13 points on Roma.”

The hosts’ altered tactical approach was regarded as a key reason behind tonight’s success, prompting Conte to emphasise the importance of thorough preparation when going up against a side of the Giallorossi’s quality.

“When you play against great teams like Roma you need to take advantage of their weak points and it we would have been a problem had we not adequately prepared from a tactical point of view.”