Conte: Juve is where it belongs

The Bianconeri boss says he and his side can learn from the experience of juggling Serie A and Europa League but feels the club deserves to be competing on two fronts.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte says he is happy to see his side battling in two competitions at this point in the season, but stressed the Serie A race remains wide open.

Rudi Garcia's Roma made it seven league wins in a row against Atalanta to cut the gap between the club and Juve, which makes the trip to Udinese on Monday, to five points. Meanwhile, the Bianconeri are through to the Europa League semifinal, having been drawn with Benfica after knocking out Lyon on Thursday.

Conte reflected on a difficult season for his team but feels its achievements are a fair reflection on the players' talents, however, he believes it is where the club belongs.

"It's been a hard season physically and mentally but we're still in the running on two fronts," the coach said. "We're living in the moment. We've returned to our rightful position in the league and we're proud of that.

"Juggling two competitions? This is where we wanted to be. It's all good experience for me, the players and the club."

Serie A's top two meet on May 9 at the Stadio Olimpico and Conte has refused to take anything for granted when it comes to securing a third straight Scudetto.

"The title race is still open. I expected the head-to-head with Roma to go down to the wire."

Juve's goals of late have come from various sources, with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente all chipping in. 

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has yet to score in the league since he joined Juve on loan from Southampton in January, but Conte backed the forward to find the net sooner rather than later. 

"Osvaldo has come in here and worked his socks off. He'll help us achieve our targets this year," the 44-year-old added. "Opposition teams pull out all the stops when they're up against Juve but we've come to expect that."

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