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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Sep 15, 2013

Conte predicts 'historic' season for Juve

Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes his side's performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Inter proves the Bianconeri are on the brink of a "historic" season.

Inter went close to inflicting Juve's first loss of the season when Mauro Icardi gave them the lead in the 73rd minute, but Arturo Vidal equalised almost immediately to salvage a point for the visitors.

Conte insists Juve's fight is what led them to the title last season and the 44-year-old has backed his side to be even more successful this campaign.

"Icardi is a very good player and when he sees Juve he sees goals, but we showed Juventus are a tough team that don't die and are hard to beat," Conte said. "We played a good game against a team like Inter, who confirmed they will fight for the title. And we could even have gotten a second.

"Serie A is our real objective right now and we can achieve something historic this season. I saw my team play very well at a difficult ground."

Summer signing Fernando Llorente was again benched, raising doubts over the Spaniard's future at the club.

But Conte denies Llorente is unwanted and puts his omission down to consistent team selection.

"I would never rotate the squad against Inter. Squad rotation will be done when it is opportune," Conte added. "Everyone starts equal. I trust in the guys who have played less.

"Fernando Llorente is part of the squad, but he was out for a year and that means losing sharpness, so he needs time to get back to full fitness. I won't throw him into the mix before he’s ready just to keep the media happy."

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