Conte surprised by Serie A strength

The Italian coach says that the likes of Napoli, Roma, Inter and Fiorentina have surprised him, while revealing his plan to rotate his squad.
Antonio Conte has revealed his shock at the strong start Juventus' Scudetto rivals have made in the opening four games of the Serie A season.

Napoli and Roma are topping the league table with match perfect records, while Inter, Fiorentina and the Bianconeri have dropped just two points to date, suggesting the Italian top flight could be set for its tightest race in years.

Conte believes that it is impossible to predict who will top the table this season, while admitting his surprise at the strength of the division.

"I honestly did not expect such strong responses from Inter, AC Milan, Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina," Conte told reporters on Tuesday. "It’s a testimony to those sides who are showing that you can get out of difficult situations through technical quality. It’s going to be very difficult to win in Italy this season."

Conte also revealed his plan to rotate his Juve squad for the cup clash with Chievo on Wednesday, but insisted he would only be tweaking his starting XI.

"We'll have to pay close attention to Chievo," Conte said. "It's the fourth game in a short space of time, so it's only natural that there will be some rotations to the team. But whoever comes in will maintain the balance of the team.

"Last year we made some changes for Coppa Italia games. When I speak of rotating the team, it will be a measured thing. It's not like I’ll be making seven or eight changes.

"It often happens that the opponent changes the way they play because of our quality. It's not easy. Because you'll often find teams with eight men behind the ball. This happened at the weekend against Verona. It’s not easy. I expect the same thing will happen tomorrow as well."