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Triumphant Conte realising Juve dream

Published: Monday 6 May 2013, 9.17CET
"My dream was to come to Juve and win with Juve," said coach Antonio Conte after he guided Juventus to a second successive Scudetto and a 29th in the club's history.
by Paolo Menicucci
Triumphant Conte realising Juve dream
Antonio Conte is realising his dream by winning trophies as Juventus coach ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 6 May 2013, 9.17CET

Triumphant Conte realising Juve dream

"My dream was to come to Juve and win with Juve," said coach Antonio Conte after he guided Juventus to a second successive Scudetto and a 29th in the club's history.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte admitted he was realising a dream after guiding the Bianconeri to their second successive Scudetto title and a 29th in the club's history with three games to spare.

Juventus went unbeaten for the entire campaign when they won the Scudetto during Conte's first season at the helm but despite suffering defeat four times this term, their Serie A dominance rarely looked in doubt and they sealed the title with a 1-0 home win against US Città di Palermo on Sunday. The Bianconeri have already won three games more than last season and need just two more points to improve on last term's tally.

"When I first arrived we were planning to be competitive in the Scudetto in three seasons," said former Juve midfielder Conte, who took charge of a team which had finished seventh in two consecutive seasons before 2011/12. "We have been forging ahead with our work. When you are at Juve you always have to raise the bar whenever you have achieved something but our fans can certainly be proud of their team.

"Since I started coaching my dream was to come to Juve and win with Juve," the 43-year-old continued. "I'm very happy and satisfied. My players deserve all the credit because they had an extraordinary season. It was not easy especially because we were considered favourites after last season's success but we managed to turn the season into a triumphal march."

In a similar fashion to last season, when Alessandro Matri finished as the club's top scorer in Serie A with only ten goals, the Bianconeri relied on goal contributions from all over the pitch. Indeed, Arturo Vidal became only the first Juve player to reach double figures in the league by scoring the decisive penalty against Palermo on Sunday.

"I'm very proud," said the Chile midfielder. "Scoring in such an important game and winning the Scudetto for the second time in as many seasons since I joined Juve is just amazing. I think this year it was even more difficult because we were also involved in the UEFA Champions League. Now we can just enjoy the party with our fans."

Meanwhile, for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon it was the first Scudetto since becoming captain after the departure of Alessandro Del Piero in the summer. "We took a big weight off our shoulders as we had everything to lose this season," said the long-time Italy No1. "Finishing second would have been considered a huge failure for us but we were very good from the start, and changed a gear when we had to."

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