Conte and Co. sentenced to “unthinkable” defeat by Fiorentina star Giuseppe Rossi
Juventus coach Antonio Conte rued over an “unthinkable” 4-2 loss to Fiorentina on Sunday night. Conte labeled the defeat a nightmare for the Serie A champions, who were leading the game 2-0 before the stumbled to defeat.
At halftime, Conte and his men were in complete control of the game. However, it only took 14 minutes and some magic from Giuseppe Rossi to turn around the tables. A hat-trick from Rossi and a goal from Joaquin sent Juventus crashing to their first Serie A defeat of the season.
In his post-match press conference Conte admitted he couldn’t understand how his team hadn’t been able to pick up a win after they had “practically closed”. Conte insists he really thought Juventus would have won after recording a sublime first-half.
“I think the game was practically closed. We were in control in every way, even in the second half and had some more great chances to add to our tally,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “Then something strange and unthinkable happened. We lost a match that we had been dominating. How do we explain it?
“In 10 minutes we destroyed all the hard work, both during and before the game. We managed to allow Fiorentina back into it and concede odd goals.”
Conte, who had predicted a difficult season for the Bianconeri, insists his side will quickly learn from the mistakes it made against Fiorentina. Nonetheless, Juventus will get the opportunity to acquire redemption this week, when they make a trip to Spain to in the Champions League playoff’s first leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
“This is football. We have to take these 10 nightmare minutes and learn from them,” Conte said. “I continue to say this year will be very, very difficult. In these 10 minutes we did everything to help Fiorentina get back into the match, more than they had been at any stage. There are huge regrets.
“We struggled more last season and got a draw, whereas this time until the 70th minute it was all Juventus. This is football, nothing can be taken for granted. This was an important game in a fiery atmosphere, so we could not be distracted by Real Madrid.
“We were in the match from the start and only went wrong in those 10 minutes. It has happened a few times this season that we’ve conceded chaotic goals. We have to work on it. That is all.”