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Juventus' Antonio Conte braced for showdown with Scudetto rival Napoli

The Bianconeri boss is expecting a tough test against a side he believes remains one of the strongest in Italy in spite of their recent stuttering form

Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes his side is going up against a genuine rival for the Serie A title when the team locks horns with Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.

Napoli has already beaten AC Milan and Inter this season but the club's domestic form has been inconsistent and it now finds itself eighth in the table on the back of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Atalanta.

However, ahead of his side's rearranged clash with the southern Italian outfit, Conte is adamant that Walter Mazzarri's men remain contenders for the Scudetto.

“We have a tough test on Tuesday against Napoli,” he told reporters. “They are surely one of the favorites to win the Scudetto, both because of the quality of their squad and the quality of their football."

Juventus arrives in Naples after a hard-fought win over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday and Conte is thrilled with the way his side is performing at the moment.

“We’re playing well, sticking to our game plan and picking up as many points as we can because bad patches will come, no matter how much I wish they wouldn’t," he said. “We find ourselves on top because of our hard work and I have to thank my guys for their great effort.”

Juventus currently tops the Serie A table, while Napoli is eight points adrift.

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