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The Juventus coach says that the likes of Napoli, Roma, Inter and Fiorentina have surprised him with their fine starts, while revealing his plan to rotate his squad

Antonio Conte has revealed his shock at the strong start Juventus' Scudetto rivals have made in the opening four games of the Serie A season.

Napoli and Roma are top with a 100 per cent record, while Inter, Fiorentina and the Bianconeri have dropped just two points to date, suggesting that the Italian top flight could be set for its tightest race in years.

Conte believes that it will be nigh-on impossible to predict who will top the table this season, telling reporters: "I honestly did not expect such strong responses from Inter, AC Milan, Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina.

"It's a testament to those sides who are showing that you can get out of difficult situations through technical quality. It's going to be very difficult to win in Italy this season."

The Juve boss revealed his plan to rotate his squad for their cup clash with Chievo on Wednesday but insisted that he would only be tweaking his starting XI.

"We'll have to pay close attention to Chievo," the 44-year-old added. "It's the fourth game in a short space of time, so it's only natural that there will be some rotations to the team but whoever comes in will maintain the balance of the team.

"Last year we made some changes for Coppa Italia games. When I speak of rotating the team, it will be a measured thing. It's not like I'll be making seven or eight changes.

"It often happens that the opponent changes the way they play because of our quality. It's not easy because you'll often find teams with eight men behind the ball. This happened against Verona. It's not easy. I expect the same thing will happen [on Wednesday] as well."