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Conte in dreamland as Juventus clinch title
May 05, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
Antonio Conte is determined to bring more success to Juventus after winning a second consecutive Serie A title.
Juve picked up a 1-0 home win over Palermo on Sunday, with Arturo Vidal scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot before Paul Pogba threatened the team’s commanding position by getting sent off for spitting at Salvatore Aronica.
The Italian coach had delayed contract negotiations until the end of the season amid suggestions that he has taken the club as far as he can, but he insisted that managing Juventus was his dream.
He said: "I'm great at Juventus and I am in the place where I always hoped to be when I started coaching. My dream was to coach at Juventus and win. After two exceptional seasons it is normal for the bar to rise.
"It’s right to sit down with the club [for contract talks] in a calm way. I will be always be grateful to Andrea Agnelli [club president]. He only wants the best for the club.
"We still have to fight for the Scudetto [next season] and improve our way in Europe. The fans call for the Champions League.
"We have to be realistic and understand where we can go. After elimination to Bayern, we were hit by so much criticism. [But] you always try to win every tournament in which you participate."
On the Scudetto win, Conte called Juventus' run to the title "triumphant" and that he will never stop being grateful to his players, but the former midfielder does not think winning his second Serie A was simple.
He added: "It was a triumphant march. We are happy and satisfied. The credit goes to the boys, they have been extraordinary for the whole season.
"I am proud of them and I will never stop thanking them. It was not easy to win another Scudetto."