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Conte eyes double to seal Juve status

Antonio Conte believes that winning the double this season would prove that Juventus’ Serie A triumph last season was no coincidence.

The club were crowned Italian champions without losing a match in 2011-12, but the 43-year-old is determined to show that his side are creating a lasting legacy.

“Winning the Scudetto can be a one-off, but doing the double means that we are building something truly important here,” he told reporters.

“The Champions League is also a wonderful dream that we should keep chasing. However, we must also know how to be patient and focus on our project of growth.”

Juventus host Sampdoria on Sunday as they return to domestic action, and the former Siena boss urged his side to remain alert and prepare for the game properly.

“There are always risks after coming back from a break, but we have worked very well over the last few days. Sampdoria are a well-drilled side in a difficult position that they are unaccustomed to,” Conte said.

“We need to be alert, but we are fully prepared for this encounter.”

Juventus have been boosted by the arrival of Federico Peluso on loan from Atalanta, and Conte is confident that he will prove to be a shrewd acquisition.

“Peluso can cover several roles and represents an intelligent signing. I’m convinced he will make a big contribution to Juventus,” he said.

Sat 5 January, 2013
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