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The 45-year-old feels his former team are sitting in pole position to win the title again, but has stressed that they will face stiff competition

Italy coach Antonio Conte believes that Juventus are the team to beat in the race for the Serie A title this season, but stresses that Roma, Napoli and Inter are all genuine contenders.

Conte guided Juventus to three consecutive Scudetti before stepping down this summer and a lot of pundits feel they are significantly weaker heading into the new campaign under new boss Massimiliano Allegri. 

Conte, though, has little doubt that the titleholders can be progress even further under the new coach.

"Juventus are definitely stronger than last season and have moved forward again. If they don't lose any players in the closing stages of the window, they have strengthened their team well," Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Their key players have stayed put and some good players have come in like [Roberto] Pereyra, Romulo and [Alvaro] Morata, and not to forget the experience of [Patrice] Evra.

"Roma have done a great job at the transfer market as well and they come off the back of an important season. I think [Rudi] Garcia has a number of solutions and options now.

"And then there's Napoli of course, who will have to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League.

"Inter should not be ruled out either. They have strengthened in all areas and have decisive players all over the pitch. They could spring a surprise in the race for the title."

Juventus kick off the new Serie A season on Saturday with an away game versus Chievo.

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