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Conte chasing history for Juventus

20 May 2012 03:14

Antonio Conte is aiming to write history for Juventus in the Coppa Italia final against Napoli on Sunday.

The club have the chance to secure a domestic double, having already sewn up the Serie A title this season, while a win over Napoli would confirm their unbeaten status for the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the decisive clash in Rome, Conte applauded the manner in which the Old Lady reached the final, but vowed his team will be fully focused on the task at hand amid their championship celebrations.

"We have got to the Coppa final with the right approach - to be the champions of Italy first and foremost," he said.

"We've celebrated (our title triumph) but now it's time to return to the pitch to do our utmost and crown a great season.

"To win would ensure we end the season unbeaten, and in the history books. Napoli is the worst team we could have faced in the final as they have immense potential."

Conte was captain when Juventus won the Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico in 1996.

Napoli counterpart Walter Mazzarri admitted Juventus were favourites to lift the trophy but is confident his team can produce an upset.

The club won many admirers for their positive showing in this season's Champions League, but their run to the quarter-finals in the competition has arguably come at the cost of poor league form, which saw them eventually finish fifth.

Mazzarri expects Napoli to face a focused Juventus outfit on Sunday, despite their recent title success.

"The Bianconeri have more experienced players and are under less pressure because they have already won (the Serie A title). They are the favourites," he said.

"For us, however, it is an event. For the first time ever, my team has been playing in the Champions League, and I am convinced that if we had not competed on three fronts this year, we would be at least 13 points higher in the standings."

Napoli will be gunning for their third Coppa triumph in history, and their first since 1987.

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Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
20 May 2012
Kick-off
21:00
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Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
70000

Goals

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63' E. Cavani (PG)
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