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Apr, 28, 2013

Conte concerned for Zanetti

It took Juventus 85 minutes before they found the back of the net and asserted their position as the top team in Turin against Torino.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte expressed his concern over the potential career-threatening injury sustained by Inter Milan's Javier Zanetti, as the Bianconeri edged toward the Serie A title with a 2-0 victory over Torino.

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Victory in the Turin derby sees Juventus near a second successive Scudetto, but Conte used his post-match press conference to offer support for Inter legend Zanetti, who picked up what may be a serious Achilles injury in their 1-0 loss at Palermo

"First of all, before discussing the derby, I want to wish Zanetti a fast recovery and hope it is not as serious as people say," Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

"Like [injured Inter forward] Diego Milito, he is a player who made history and I couldn't think higher of him as a player and a man."

Conte's concern was in contrast to the earlier celebratory scenes of his players, who moved 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli courtesy of late goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.

"We wanted to win and we prepared very well for the game," Conte continued. "But congratulations to Torino, who behaved in a very magnanimous manner.

"We would have been happy with a draw, but we found a win. Now we're missing only one point to make it mathematically safe, and to celebrate the title with three games remaining would be great."

With four rounds remaining, Juventus can clinch the title with a draw against Palermo next weekend, and Marchisio is delighted at the prospect of celebrating the milestone in front of the club's supporters.

"It was a similar game to our first meeting with Torino this season. We had difficulty breaking them down at our stadium and it was the same again today. But in the end, we managed to score and the claim the points. We showed great character.

"Apart from my goal, I'm also very happy about the victory because it takes us to within a whisker of being champions. We now have the opportunity to celebrate the Scudetto with our fans at home, even though we will be up against a Palermo side fighting for survival."

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