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Saturday November 30 2013
Conte: 'Punish other ultras too'

Antonio Conte warns Juventus will have a tough game against Udinese, but notes other chants are equally worthy of punishment.

The Bianconeri host Udinese on Sunday at 17.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The game was brought forward so children could pack the stands, as ultras are banned from the Curva after anti-Neapolitan chants.

“There are equally serious incidents that should bring to equally strong sanctions, for example when opposition fans insult the dead at Heysel or Superga,” said Conte in his Press conference.

“These chants are ugly and should be condemned, but so should insults towards the dead or fans who demolish the inside of stadiums.”

Juve will try to make the best of the situation by having children in the Juventus Stadium cheering on their team against Udinese.

“It will be a tough game, as physically they are getting back on track. We know the way they play and what they can do with excellent players on the counter-attack, including Antonio Di Natale. It will not be easy.

“The treatment room is slowly emptying out. Stephan Lichtsteiner has started training with us, while Mauricio Isla should have the last training session separately and return with the team next week with Sebastian Giovinco.

“We have been without Lichtsteiner for over two months and we really need him. We hope he can become available again before January.”

Juventus are now top of the Serie A table after leapfrogging Roma, who have been held to three consecutive stalemates after winning the opening 10 rounds.

“Rudi Garcia is doing something extraordinary. Not being top despite 10 wins and three draws means the competition is fierce and we cannot afford to let our concentration levels drop.

“During a season, there can be two or three decisive moments. The less we make mistakes, the better. We are top now, but from tomorrow until Christmas our path will be complicated.

“Will I write a letter to Father Christmas asking for a new player? No, I don’t write letters to Santa.”

Naturally, Conte was also asked about the chaos at Milan with Adriano Galliani ready to leave after 28 years.

“I won’t get into the situation, but Galliani is a great director, absolutely one of the best and most successful. Winning is not easy, but winning again is extremely difficult.”

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