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Juventus criticism predictable - Conte

The Bianconeri boss is unsurprised by the fact that just a couple of weeks after being labelled 'unstoppable' by the Italian press, his side's quality is now being questioned

Antonio Conte has bemoaned the fickle nature of Juventus' critics ahead of Sunday's Serie A showdown with AC Milan.

The Bianconeri currently lie in third place on 16 points, just two adrift of league leaders AS Roma.

Yet whilst Conte’s men remain unbeaten this season, the media have taken aim at Juventus’ poor performances in the Champions League, with the Turin outfit having drawn their first two games in Group B, against Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

"We seem to be in this situation where if we don’t win then people say we’re worthless, but I understand that," Conte told reporters on Sunday.

"We are well aware that we can always improve, especially at the start of the season, but the same people panicking now are the ones who a few weeks ago said we’d be unstoppable."

The Bianconeri boss also insisted that he is more than happy with the club’s continental displays.

"In Europe, we have had more shots on goal than any other team, which is an important and positive statistic," he reasoned.

"There were a few too many individual errors, but these things can happen. I have faith in my lads.”

Although Milan are currently ninth in Serie A this season, Conte believes that Massimiliano Allegri's men can still challenge for the league title.

"This will certainly be a match between two teams who can take the Scudetto," he argued.

"The Rossoneri have an excellent group of players who have belief in their qualities and for three seasons have been consistently at the top of Italian football."

Juve's eagerly-awaited meeting with Milan in Turin is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.

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