'It will be tough to beat Bologna' – Juventus' Antonio Conte

The Italian boss believes their opponents will provide a tough challenge for his team and they "must sweat blood" for glory, and suggested that he may make changes to his side
Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes that Serie A opponents Bologna could prove to be a difficult opposition ahead of their fixture on Wednesday.

With the Old Lady having won their first two league games of the season, which included victories over Parma and Siena, the Italian coach has suggested that Bologna could spell trouble if his players do not stay focused.

"It will be tough to beat them, because they're hungry for points. There is too much enthusiasm, and everything will overturn on us at the first thing that goes wrong. We have to take to the pitch with humility," Conte said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The coach also spoke about the importance of the squad being in a positive mental state leading into the fixture.

"We must sweat blood, think like a big team but have the attitude of a small one. Always. We have to stay attentive, because nothing is easy," he said.

Conte suggested that he would make changes to his squad for the match, and that players would be chosen based on the tactics he decides to use.

"I'm not worried about the physical conditioning. I'll make my choices based on the opponent and the tactical attitude," he said.

"The pairing of [Mirko] Vucinic and [Alessandro] Del Piero? They are central strikers and they can play together. But there are others as well. Whoever plays will have to want to play both offence and defence."

One player would could feature in the match is newly signed Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

"He's an excellent player. He gives us an alternative in the middle and he knows how to change the rhythm. But I have to make some choices," Conte admitted.

"In order to play Vidal I have to give a rest to either [Andrea] Pirlo or [Claudio] Marchisio, unless they allow me to play with 12. There shouldn't be a big deal made of it – I have to make choices."

Bologna will be looking to end their poor start to the season, which has resulted in two losses from their two opening fixtures against Fiorentina and Lecce.