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Nov 26, 2013

Conte fully focused on Copenhagen

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte was proud of his side's determination in their 2-0 victory away at Livorno in Serie A on Sunday.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte insists there is no room for complacency when his side host Copenhagen in their penultimate Champions League group match on Wednesday.

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Juve are currently bottom of Group B, a point behind Copenhagen and Galatasaray, and face a potentially tricky trip to Istanbul in their final match.

That game is likely to decide the Bianconeri’s fate, but if the Danes were to claim a shock victory in Turin then Juve would have no hope of finishing in the top two, so Conte is refusing to get ahead of himself.

"Tomorrow is a crucial game for us," he said at a news conference. "It's fundamental, a very difficult game which we have to win if we want to go on in the Champions League. We can't think of what comes after -- we have to think of what comes now.

"The game may be complex, but the simple thing about it is we must win."

Although the Juventus Stadium is sold out for the game, the fans are planning not to raise their voices in protest at the partial stadium closure next weekend's Serie A clash with Udinese. Conte hopes that will not be the case.

"I've always said how crucial the fans are for us," Conte said. "The fans in the Curva are the beating heart of the Juventus Stadium -- they are the ones who have pushed us to win and do magnificent things in these two years. We all need to be united in our search for victory."

Conte is likely to be without Andrea Barzagli, who is still recovering from injury.

"He's recovered a bit, but I need players who are fully fit," he said. "We have a big squad of players who can do a job just as well."

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