“We did well to prepare in the correct manner,” Juventus Coach Antonio Conte after defeating Sampdoria

By Anna Italia
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Here are the declarations of Juventus coach Antonio Conte after the Serie A Week 20 game on Saturday 18 January 2014 at the Juventus Stadium: Juventus 4 – 2 Sampdoria

Antonio Conte says thorough preparation was the key aspect to this
evening’s 4-2 win over an in-form Sampdoria side who gave as good as
they got during an entertaining 90 minutes for the neutral in Turin.

Conte did concede that his men will have to improve when
defending set pieces after witnessing them ship their third goal in two
games from dead ball situations.  

Speaking to the media after the final whistle in Turin, Conte
began: “We did well to prepare in the correct manner, otherwise it would
have been tough to beat a Sampdoria side in excellent form. Their most
dangerous moments came from corner kicks and we need to work on this

“It’s the third goal we’ve conceded in the last two games from such
a situation and we can’t allow ourselves to compromise games we’re
dominating. Hats off to them though, they gave us great difficulty from
set pieces.”

Praise did come in the form of the team’s concentration levels,
which remained high throughout and enabled the reigning champions to
ride out a turbulent few minutes after Sampdoria had struck their

“Games are never over and today’s a testament to that. You need to
always be fully focused. This has been the difference between us and the
others over the past two-and-a-half years.”

Also on the receiving end of credit from Conte was opposite number
Sinisa Mihajlovic, whose side travelled to Turin with the intention of
playing the Bianconeri at their own game.

He concluded: “They tried to hurt us when they had the ball and I’m
happier when we’re up against teams who come here and have a go, rather
than those who sit back and put men behind the ball. I think the crowd
enjoyed themselves today, watching two teams who like to get the ball
down and play.”

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