Conte hoping to end Lazio hoodoo

The 43-year-old rates Monday's trip to Rome as among his side's toughest remaining fixtures but, despite the head-to-head record going against his side, he wants the victory
Juventus boss Antonio Conte says now would be an ideal time to end Lazio's unbeaten streak against him ahead of Monday night's clash in Rome.

The Bianconeri travel to the Italian capital hoping to collect the three points necessary in edging them nearer to retaining their Serie A crown.

However, Conte's side go into the game knowing their opponents boast the superior head-to-head record this season, with Vladimir Petkovic's men unbeaten against Conte as a coach.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, the 43-year-old said: "There is a first time for everything.

"We have seven important games remaining and tomorrow night and the next one are definitely included in the seven.

"Every game is worth three points and we hope to conclude this round of fixtures in the best possible way."

Conte dismissed suggestions that there are tiers of players in the Juve team and did not want to discuss AC Milan's clash with Napoli on Sunday night, instead insisting his focus was on his side's league game.

"There is no hierarchy within the squad. I will choose the best possible line-up for this game, so those in the best shape will play," he added.

"It will be a tough match in a difficult arena. Don’t forget Lazio got as far as we did in Europe, who knocked us out of the Coppa Italia semi-final, so basically we’ve both played more than anyone else this season.

"Milan-Napoli? We always focus on playing our own game without considering what the other teams are doing. That has always been our strength. Those who win write the history books, the others just read them. If I were Walter Mazzarri and Massimiliano Allegri, I'd believe in a comeback. We need to keep winning, but they could also slip up."

Juventus crashed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich 4-0 on aggregate at the quarter-final stage last week but Conte claims that his side's momentum has not been dented by the 2-0 defeats on home and away soil in Europe.

"Why would the defeats to Bayern have taken away some of our confidence? We knew full well that reaching the quarter-finals was already an achievement," the coach continued.

"What the club asks of me every year is to qualify for the Champions League and target victory in Italy, so anything more than that is thanks to our hard work.

"I think we are doing very, very well this season, so I don’t see why that should affect our confidence or shake some of our certainties in what we’re doing."

Juventus host AC Milan in Turin next Sunday as they continue en route to defending their Serie A crown.