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Conte praises ´incredible´ Scudetto win

7 May 2012 14:33

Juventus coach Antonio Conte described the club's Scudetto triumph as 'incredible' quickly turned his attentions to the Coppa Italia final.

Conte's undefeated side clinched the title with a 2-0 win at Cagliari on Sunday through an early Mirko Vucinic strike and an own goal, but Juve have unfinished business with a Cup final to come against Napoli on May 21.

"We're extremely happy to have taken the Scudetto back to Turin, it's something incredible, unexpected and because of that it's even better," Conte said.

"My compliments to our supporters, they deserve it."

Following a run of 41 games undefeated, Juventus took the title from AC Milan who lost 4-2 in their derby with Inter Milan.

It was a result that also ended AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's run of eight successive domestic championships with Juventus (two revoked), Inter Milan, Barcelona and now AC Milan.

Fabio Quagliarella mirrored Conte's thoughts and praised the man for masterminding Juventus' astounding run this season.

"We still have the Coppa Italia final, but now it's okay to celebrate," Quagliarella said.

"There isn't a date or a particular game in which we realised we could make it, but game after game we became more aware that we were strong and that we could achieve our aim and we made it!"

"This is my first Scudetto and it is an incredible feeling. We are still unbeaten this term and that is incredible.

"Conte, from the very start, gave us all faith and he always motivated us so that we offered our best.

"We all rowed in the same direction and the results rewarded us for the hard work and sacrifices.”

Midfielder Claudio Marchisio was thrilled with the title and insisted the squad would only get better as a result of playing Champions League football.

"We are a great squad, a team that is growing and we'll improve even more next season when we are back in Europe," Marchisio said.

"I've been waiting for this Scudetto since I first arrived in the first team and especially after our suffering over the last two seasons.

"We've had a great campaign," he said.

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Conte celebrates ´truly amazing´ title

7 May 2012 02:40

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has described winning the Serie A title as 'something beautiful and truly amazing'.

Juventus secured their first Scudetto since 2003 with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday, while AC Milan's 4-2 loss to arch-rivals Inter ended the race for the title with one match left.

After the match in Trieste, Conte was quick to congratulate all of his staff and the club's supporters for their impressive feat, having gone unbeaten in 37 matches this season.

"It is Scudetto number one for me as a coach, now we want to celebrate with the fans, even if there is too much bedlam at the moment and it is not easy for us to get out of the locker room," Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

"It is something beautiful and truly amazing. It's been a very special year and one that has become extraordinary (thanks to the title win).

"Congratulations to all the fans and the players: we always believed. Only against Lecce was there a blip, but we responded well."

Conte also reflected on his side's unbeaten league campaign and stated: "We are champions of Italy with a game left, and we have gone 37 games without defeat.

"We now want to close the season without being defeated. I have great respect for Milan, and we beat a great team to the title."

Veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero was thrilled to be celebrating his eighth Serie A title with Juventus, and their first since they were stripped of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 championships because of the Calciopoli scandal.

"This Scudetto has a special taste after some difficult years and I'd go as far as to say that this Scudetto is even better than the one we achieved in Rimini (Serie B title in 2007)," Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia.

"I start every season with the hope of winning something, and sometimes it doesn't happen, but what has happened to me tonight makes up for many years (of failing to win a trophy).

"Tonight we are celebrating a championship that we all deserve and I'm glad to have contributed."

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Serie A preview: Juve, Milan face crunch games

6 May 2012 10:01

Juventus could wrap up the Serie A title this weekend with a win against Cagliari - if second-placed AC Milan lose their derby with Inter.

The current league-leaders only managed a 1-1 draw against Lecce on Wednesday after an error from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 85th minute gifted Lecce an equaliser.

Juve, who are unbeaten in the league in 2011/12, need to regroup against Cagliari on Sunday to ensure Milan do not overtake them at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte's side are on 78 points, with Milan just one behind.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani could not believe Juve let them move within a point of the top of the table.

"I was just walking around in the changing rooms and I didn't believe it," Galliani said.

"I thought it was a joke that Lecce had equalised, but it was true."

AC Milan are up against city rivals Inter Milan on Sunday knowing that a loss could hand Juventus their first legitimate title since 2002/03.

At the other end of the table, Lecce, on the back of their late draw with Juventus, can move to the verge of Serie A-survival with a win on Saturday against Fiorentina.

Lecce are currently in 18th position on the Serie A table with two games to go, just three points behind 17th-placed Genoa, who are outside the relegation zone.

If Lecce defeat Fiorentina and Genoa lose to fourth-placed Udinese on Sunday, the two sides will swap spots.

Lecce coach Serse Cosmi wanted his side's game to be moved to Sunday to be played at the same time as Udinese's clash with Genoa.

"We want it changed because we want the championship to be decided in the right manner," Cosmi said.

But on Thursday, Serie A officials rejected the request.

Napoli can further strengthen their hold on Italy's third Champions League place with a victory in Bologna on Sunday.

But Udinese and Lazio, who travel to Atalanta, are ready to pounce if Napoli fail to win.

In other matches on Sunday, Siena host Parma, Novara play Cesena and Chievo take on Palermo, while on Saturday Roma are up against Catania.

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Conte proud of Scudetto challenge

6 May 2012 04:25

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has told his players that they should be proud that they are even challenging for the Scudetto this season.

The former midfielder took over as the club's head coach last summer and has immediately changed the fortunes of the Turin outfit after two consecutive seventh-placed finishes in Serie A.

Juve currently hold a one-point lead over AC Milan at the summit of the league with two games to go and face a tricky trip to face Cagliari on Sunday evening, a game the side are desperate to win.

"We are back to experiencing these high-profile games and I think that is the most positive aspect of all," Conte said.

"All of this is thanks to the work done by the club, the staff and the players. We should be full of pride to be challenging for the Scudetto with two rounds to go and that must motivate us even more

"Fortunately, I have experience of going through completely opposing experiences. I've been trailing at the last 90 minutes and on another occasion out in front.

"Football always brings new sensations and what counts is the present. We want to achieve something super-extraordinary. I always say to win you need head, heart and legs, in that order."

The team are looking to return to winning ways after a late Gianluigi Buffon mistake allowed Lecce to earn a 1-1 draw midweek, and Conte believes they have put the result behind them.

"At this stage we have such a strong unity within the team that we only need a glance to understand each other," Conte said.

"It is important for me to understand how everyone is feeling and I don't see why anything should change tomorrow. After the Lecce game, everyone wanted to get straight back on to the pitch and play again.

"That was a heavy blow, but it only fuels our desire to make up for it and cancel out what happened on Wednesday night. The lads are ready and have belief, they know this is an historic moment.

"We can put ourselves in the Juventus history books and I doubt I need to do anything to motivate my men. If anything, I might have to hold them back."

Juventus are still without a league defeat this term, winning 21 and drawing 15 of their 36 Serie A encounters.

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Cellino slams ´arrogant´ Juventus

4 May 2012 13:11

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has attacked Juventus for being arrogant and has also accused the Turin giants of lacking respect for others.

Juventus have attracted criticism from sections of the media for their perceived negative attitude towards referees when results have not gone in their favour.

Their complaints have not gone down well with Cellino, who is heavily critical of Juve's stance and insists the standard of match officiating in Italy will suffer as a consequence.

"Juventus, above everything else, lack respect. They are arrogant," Cellino said.

"For months they have screamed about the referees and in the long run this attitude will affect our playing environment.

"I expect a great performance (against Juve). I would have the same approach if we played against Milan."

Cellino also lamented a 'bad year' for football, as he reflected on the players' strike at the start of the season and the controversy of Juve's third star among other issues affecting the game.

"Someone in Turin has also started to talk about the third star. Unfortunately it's been a bad year for football," he said.

"We started badly with a players' strike that could have been avoided and there are still many unresolved problems.

"Unfortunately due to the mandates of Coni and the FIGC, our football is fragile at the mercy of politics."

The president also had his say on Delio Rossi's sacking from Fiorentina after the coach attacked one of his own players, midfielder Adem Ljajic.

Cellino said that while he did not condone the coach's actions, he would still consider appointing him.

"I'm with Delio Rossi. Yes he was wrong, but certain actions must be understood," he said.

"Ljajic should also not pass for a victim. It was a similar story here when Carlo Mazzone slapped Francesco Cozza at San Siro.

"Massimo Ficcadenti has all my confidence, but I respect Rossi. In fact I'd take him at Cagliari."

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22