Champions League news

Conte: Juve are 'dangerous outsiders'

September 16, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Juventus could be the surprise of the Champions League this season, according to their coach Antonio Conte.

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Speaking on the eve of the Bianconeri’s European debut this season at Copenhagen, Conte dropped his humble attitude from last season and warned Europe to watch out for the Serie A champions.

"We’ve got to be realistic, but at the same time, we don’t want to set ourselves any limits," Conte said "We could be dangerous outsiders."

At the same time, Conte warned his own team not to under-estimate the first hurdle in Denmark, like they did a year ago, saying: "Don’t forget we only equalised against Nordsjaelland with seven or eight minutes left. There’s no such thing as an easy game in the Champions League.

"Real Madrid have been seeking their 10th European Cup for years and they invest huge sums each season, both in players and in coaches, and that gives them the right to be favourites for this group ahead of us and Galatasaray, but watch out -- Copenhagen could represent a surprise."

Nevertheless, Conte has promised changes will be made to the side which drew with Inter Milan at the weekend.

"We will be rotating, there’s no two ways about it," he said. "I’d be crazy if I fielded the same players all the time. We will not change our organisation and our ideas of how to play football, I’ll just be replacing those who are tired.

"I have faith in my squad and am convinced that everybody will give me excellent answers."

That is likely to translate into a starting berth for defender Angelo Ogbonna with Andrea Barzagli making way while Fabio Quagliarella may start instead of Mirko Vucinic.

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