Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio has described Antonio Conte as "a caged lion" during his suspension at the beginning of the season, and explained how he would redouble his efforts in midweek training to prepare his side for those fixtures.
The 43-year-old was banned for four months for his failure to report attempted match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena, but his right-hand man insists Conte worked harder than ever during his enforced absence.
"I was suspended for the first two months, so I was alongside Antonio and know how he and I both suffered over that period of time. He missed being on the bench and you could tell. He was like a caged lion," Alessio said at a press conference.
"That’s why our preparations during the week were even more meticulous. We’d repeat certain concepts and tactical situations which enabled the team to play the next game by heart.
"The best moment for me was the first meeting with Napoli, an extremely difficult game, which we held in great importance and managed to win. Every time I’ve been on the bench, all the instructions and preparations have come from Antonio."
Conte has guided Juventus to two consecutive Serie A titles since taking charge of the Turin giants in the summer of 2011.