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The coach is keen to silent the critics by beating Hellas Verona on Sunday, while he also hailed the competitiveness of Serie A and promised to give Fernando Llorente a chance

Antonio Conte has stressed that recent criticism will not affect Juventus and feels the negativity after their Champions League draw against Copenhagen will only motivate them.

The Serie A champions were held to a disappointing draw by the Danish minnows in midweek, but Conte remains unperturbed by the setback and is keen to return to winning ways against Hellas Verona on Sunday.

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"Criticism? I remember hearing the same things last year. We know about the pressure we need to deal with and we'll use it to motivate us," Conte said at a press conference.

The Juve coach then went on to praise the competitivity of Serie A following the good starts of Napoli, Roma and Inter.

"I’m not surprised by the starts of Napoli, Inter & Roma. As I've said before, these are sides that can aim for the title.

"This competition for the title confirms that we've got a stimulating league. We need to be competitive and look to win."

Conte also had his say on the situation of Fernando Llorente and stressed that the former Athletic Bilbao player will get his opportunity to shine at some point.

"Llorente has needed time to rediscover his intensity, something you lose when you don’t play for a year," added the Italian boss. "He’ll have his chance."

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