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Conte wants Juve 'foaming at the mouth'
Apr 06, 2013 12:14 AM GMT
Antonio Conte has called for Juventus to demonstrate their passion against Pescara as they close in on a second successive title.
Pescara sit bottom of Serie A and have lost 10 of their last 11 matches, a slump which shows no signs of ending in Turin on Saturday.
Despite being overwhelming favourites to collect all three points, Conte wants his players to be at their absolute best after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"I want to see my players foaming at the mouth," Conte said.
"Tomorrow's three points are fundamental to take us closer to a realistic target. That's what the championship is for us, other thoughts are hypothetical, they're dreams and dreams rarely come true.
"If people think that last year's miracle - because winning the Scudetto was a miracle - can be repeated on other pitches, if they think that every journey can be made without hitches or stumbles, then they're light years away from reality.
"Winning is an easy thing to ask for, but often difficult to carry out. We'll remain humble because we still haven't got our hands on this title."
Conte said he will draw on his experience of five successful Serie A title campaigns during his time as a player with Juve to caution his troops against complacency.
"We'll be wary of any potential banana skins," he said.
"As a player I won titles that appeared to be beyond us and lost those that seemed already in the bag. It would be magnificent to reclaim our Scudetto, so we'll stay focused.
"Pescara are still fighting to stay up, they've worked well during the week and have a young and well-prepared coach who preaches an offensive mentality."