Conte wary of Torino threat

The Bianconeri have not lost to their city rivals in 18 years but the former Italy international is taking nothing for granted ahead of the Turin derby

Juventus coach Antonio Conte insists that he is taking the threat of Torino seriously ahead of Sunday's Serie A showdown at the Stadio Olimpico.

The reigning champions have made a strong start to the season and currently sit fourth, having won four and drawn one of their five games thus far.

The Bianconeri are also unbeaten in the Turin derby for 18 years, but Conte is taking nothing for granted against a Torino side that currently sits eighth in the standings.

"We’ve got great respect for them," the 44-year-old told reporters on the eve of the game. "They’re an excellent side and have good players.

"We know the derby is always a different type of game. I remember the year (1994-95) when we won the title but lost both games against Torino.

"We know we need to improve but there are also plenty of positives from our start to the season.

"It will be tough this year. Whomever we face will try and stop us from playing and make life difficult.

"The form book goes out of the window in derby games and we need to stay on our guard. Anything could happen."

Mirko Vucinic had been expected to miss the derby with a knee injury, but Conte revealed that the Montenegro international could feature against the Granata.

"We've got one more training session remaining and we'll make our assessments on the players' condition," he explained. "Vucinic has trained and his condition is improving."

Sunday's clash is scheduled to kick off at 12:30CET.