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The Bianconeri boss reacted calmly to claims made by one of his former players that he was aware Siena's match with Novara last season was being influenced

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has remained tight-lipped over accusations made by former Siena midfielder Filippo Carobbio that he was once involved in Scommessopoli.

The midfielder, who now plies his trade with Spezia, told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday that the 43-year-old knew Siena's 2-2 draw with Novara last season was being rigged, a charge that, if proven, could carry a three-year prison sentence.

However, at a press conference ahead of Juve's Serie A encounter with Roma on Sunday, Conte appeared to maintain his innocence in the betting scandal.

"I have read the newspapers today, and in regards to the statements made by Carobbio, I have little to say. There is an ongoing investigation, but I am very calm," he said.

"To date I have not been called by anyone, but when they call me, I will have the pleasure of speaking to these people and answering their questions.

"Will these attacks destabilise my team? Not a chance. If anything, they will have tripled our strength to achieve something monumental. It's part of the game, but they are things that can only increase our determination."

Conte then turned his attention to the weekend clash with Roma and spoke of the responsibility he has of leading a winning team, but also had praise for his counterpart Luis Enrique.

"It will be a tough game, and we will face a team in good shape," he continued. "Are we obliged to win? Always. Juve, Inter and AC Milan play only for victory.

"Being only six matchdays away from the end of the season with the chance of achieving our dream [of lifting the Serie A title] is beautiful. It makes us proud and now it's time to give everything.

"I hold great esteem and respect for Luis Enrique, he has always had the full support of his club and his fans. He has introduced a new mentality at Trigoria, and I'm sure it has been fully accepted by everyone."

The former Italy midfielder also spoke about Alessandro Del Piero, who is set to leave Juve in the summer, and hinted he is still a useful asset to the club.

"Alex is still looking great from a physical aspect, but he remains as concentrated as everyone else for the season finale and is hoping to take home a trophy," Conte concluded.

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