Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Conte: Juventus going to attack in Trabzonspor

Conte: Juventus going to attack in Trabzonspor

Conte: Juventus going to attack in Trabzonspor

Ahead of their Europa League round-of-32 second-leg clash with the Turks, the Bianconeri coach says his team will play to score an away goal
Antonio Conte insists Juventus will not sit back and defend their 2-0 first-leg lead against Trabzonspor.

The Bianconeri have the advantage courtesy of strikes from Dani Osvaldo and Paul Pogba in the Europa League round-of-32 clash.

The Juve coach spoke of the value of an away goal, stating his side will be proactive in their approach and alluded to their 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray in the Champions League as an example of what to expect in Turkey.

"We are not coming to Turkey in order to defend a 2-0 lead because scoring a goal here would practically secure our qualification for the next round," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"The 2-0 from the first leg is certainly an excellent result, as it’s very important to win at home without conceding. This can be to our advantage.

"However, we are facing a side pushed forward by 25,000 fans. There is going to be a fiery atmosphere, but we are prepared and have the utmost respect for this team. It’s not the first time we have faced a game like this."

The Juve coach made some changes for the first-leg clash in the hope of keeping his side fresh for the remainder of the campaign and he hinted at more of the same on Thursday.

"In the first leg the players who haven’t had as much playing time did well, but tomorrow I expect them to do even better," he continued.

"If we do well, then we will continue in the competition, but I do admit I have to rotate the squad, otherwise we run huge risks.

"These games are also valuable, as they give the players more European experience. Some people forget our European adventure only began last season. It’ll be tougher than in Italy, so we require a lot of patience and hard work." ----------------

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