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Jul 18, 2013

Conte: Tevez, Llorente must earn places

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has expressed his satisfaction in seeing Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in a Bianconeri shirt for the first time.

The two summer signings linked up in a 7-0 friendly win against a local amateur selection in Juve’s summer training camp on Wednesday. Tevez grabbed a brace in the win with Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic also scoring two goals apiece. Marco Motta opened the scoring.

“I was positively impressed,” said Conte. “Clearly they are very willing, but they need to play together more to forge a greater understanding. I’m pleased with the way they fit in.”

The Old Lady’s new first-choice attack partnership started the game, but there was room for Matri, Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella in the second half. With such a wealth of attacking options, Conte insists nobody can be certain of a regular place in his starting XI.

“We’ve got a healthy battle for places and I will pick whoever I believe is in the best form and worthy of his place,” Conte said. “These players have gifted us two Scudettos in two years so they are players I know I can rely on.”

However, the chances of seeing three of the five forwards on the field at the same time in Serie A next season are slim, according to Conte, who took a look at that option in Saint Vincent on Wednesday evening.

“You can play it against an amateur team, but certainly not in Serie A,” he told reporters. “I don’t see why I should change the system which has helped us win two titles in a row.”

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