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The young trainer has commended his side for responding maturely to their goalless draw against Parma, and feels the Bianconeri have now proved their credentials for Serie A glory

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has praised his side for showing itself to be a "great team" after coming back from behind to beat Catania 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

An Andrea Pirlo-inspired Old Lady eventually coasted to a comfortable victory on the night, and the 42-year-old was pleased to see his players put on a display of maturity and professionalism, but also reserved credit for their Sicilian opponents at Juventus Stadium.

"We were good tonight, we were concentrated and mature and gave an excellent response to the fans, as we showed that we are a great team," said Conte after the match. "We are a large group and it was also seen in our celebrations tonight. I knew we'd face a strong and motivated team like Catania, who also showed their strength. They have some very interesting players and it is proof that [sporting director Pietro] Lo Monaco and the board are doing a great job."

Conte then explained his reasons behind his decision to ring the changes from the XI that started the goalless draw against Parma.

"On Wednesday we played Parma and [the players] had little time to recover," he continued. "We also have a month of matches every three days coming up, and for this I needed to deploy a different team from the beginning to keep things fresh for the rest of the season."

The coach was also anxious to stress the outcome of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hearing for his red card appeal will not affect his plans ahead of the clash with AC Milan next weekend.

"I trust that the right decision will be made. However, we're going to San Siro to play and win the game, without thinking that Ibrahimovic may or may not feature," he concluded.

Juventus has now moved two points clear of Milan in the Serie A table.

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