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Milan fate not Conte's concern

Created on Apr. 20, 2013 12:13 PM EST

Juventus coach Antonio Conte insists that the chance to condemn Milan to third place in Serie A is not a source of motivation for his side.

Conte's side are 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli with six games to play, while Milan are a further four points behind in third.

A win for Juve against Milan on Sunday would would further dent the latter's chances of catching Napoli, but Conte says his side are solely focussed on their own priorities.

"Our only motivation is to earn the three points so we can get even closer to the Scudetto," Conte told reporters.

"We have no pleasure in making Milan finish third, as it is provincial to think about your opponents that way.

"We must look only at our own situation. It won’t be easy to win, as Milan are as strong as we are and want to prove it.

"They are working well, because it wasn't easy to rebuild and replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva."

Conte also revealed that Giorgio Chiellini could return to the first team if he proves himself to be fit this weekend.

"Chiellini trained with the side yesterday and seems to be in decent shape," the 43-year-old continued.

"We'll see, but if he is fit then obviously Chiellini will play. He is an exceptional defender and if he's fit then I very rarely leave him out."

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