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Conte admits to Roma's challenge

English.news.cn   2014-02-24 08:57:36

ROME, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Juventus head coach Antonio Conted admitted on Sunday that he has been worried about Roma who are heaping pressure on his side.

Roma, who are nine points adrift of Juventus with one game in hand, are a team more dangerous than Napoli of last season, according to Conte.

"We're having a great campaign, but Roma are playing great football and have enthusiasm. Are they more dangerous than Napoli were last year? Yes. Definitely," he said.

He urged his side, who beat Torino 1-0 in the Turin derby on Sunday, to stave off any challenge from Roma.

"They don't have any European commitments either, aren't getting anything wrong and in many ways remind me of my first year at Juventus. We have to be very wary, as when we gift points like we did at Verona then it gives those behind us even more hope," he said.

Conte conceded that European commitments could be a distraction for his side.

"Roma sent us a message last night, we replied today and next week we'll play away to Milan. What worries me is that we won't get back from Turkey until Friday morning at 7am and then play on Sunday evening, so we'll barely get any rest," he added.

He revealed he's adjusted their tactics to limit Torino in their Turin derby.

"In my view our game was tactically perfect, as we played with cool heads and hot hearts. We allowed Torino very few chances and tried to limit their counter-attacks, which are their main strengths," he said.

Editor: Mengjie
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