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Saturday October 19 2013
Conte: 'Juve focus on Fiorentina'

Antonio Conte will “punish” Arturo Vidal, is pleased Roma are so competitive and has Juventus focused only on Fiorentina.

The Bianconeri travel to Florence on Sunday afternoon at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Vidal could well be left behind, as he only arrived in Turin late last night after missing his flight home from Chile.

“I haven’t spoken to Vidal yet, but I need to understand why he was so late. He wasn’t at training yesterday either,” said Conte in his Press conference.

“Will he be punished? The rules are the same for everyone.”

When asked about the upcoming Champions League game with Real Madrid, the Coach gave Spanish journalists short shrift.

“Real Madrid do not interest me. I don’t wish to be rude, but right now the only thing in our heads is Fiorentina.

“The Viola are a great team with a wonderful project in place. This side was built to improve upon last season’s fourth place finish, so they are not a surprise. Anyone who faces them is on the alert.

“If we want to do something extraordinary this year, then we’ll have to struggle to get it. If we are aware of that fact, then we can do it.”

Roma are running away at the top of the table with eight wins out of eight, beating Napoli 2-0 last night.

“I was prophetic over the summer when I said Roma would be contenders. It’s good that there is competition, as it probably helps some people realise that nothing can be taken for granted.

“Roma-Napoli was a match between two candidates for the Scudetto. They will be in the race right to the end.”

Fabio Quagliarella is out for three weeks with a thigh strain, so will this give Fernando Llorente more playing time?

“Llorente is improving. I hope to bring Fernando and the rest of the team to a great level, then he could earn a recall for Spain too.

“We have an attacking strategy, seeing as we often go forward with five or six men. This gives us many options up front. It might also leave us exposed at the back sometimes, but we are working to tighten that up.”

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