Conte demands alert Juventus for Derby d'Italia

The coach believes that Saturday’s match is more important for Inter than the Bianconeri and is well aware of the dangers that the San Siro side pose

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has demanded his side be alert to the danger table-toppers Inter could pose in Saturday’s Derby d’Italia.

Conte’s Serie A champions have started the season in perfect fashion, posting league victories over Sampdoria and Lazio, as well as beating the Rome club in the Supercoppa Italiana.

Inter have also started well, however, under new boss Walter Mazzarri, and Conte knows how crucial the Nerazzurri – who finished a disappointing ninth last term – will view the match against the champions.

“It is a very important game from a psychological point of view, especially for Inter,” he told reporters on Friday. “Tomorrow we’ll have to be fully alert. It is a big match but it’s still worth three points just like every other game.

“Mazzarri is an excellent coach and good at getting the best out of the players he works with. He has a fine group of players at his disposal. Inter can aspire to enjoy an excellent campaign.

“We know how they play, we’ll need to watch out for [Ricky] Alvarez and [Rodrigo] Palacio on the counter, as well as their wide players.”

Conte also rejected the suggestion he would rest any players ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to FC Copenhagen.

Andrea Barzagli (Achilles) and Mirko Vucinic (knee) are still in doubt ahead of Saturday’s match, but Conte is hopeful they will both feature in the Derby d’Italia.

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