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The coach believes that his side's defeat in Florence earlier in the season represented a turning point ahead of the Viola visiting Turin on Sunday

Antonio Conte has suggested that Fiorentina did Juventus a favour by beating them in October, describing the loss as a "wake-up call".

The Viola fell 2-0 behind to strikes from Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba before half-time, but rallied in the second period with Giuseppe Rossi scoring a hat-trick and Joaquin adding another as the hosts turned the game around to win 4-2.

However, with the Old Lady going on to win 16 of their 18 Serie A fixtures since that encounter at the Artemio Franchi on October 20, Conte suggested that perhaps he should be grateful for the defeat.

"Considering what happened afterwards, I ought to thank Fiorentina," the 44-year-old told Tuttosport.

"Since then we haven't put a foot wrong. Let's just say that game gave us the wake-up call we needed and now we are going at the right pace."

The Bianconeri comfortably lead Serie A, sitting 11 points clear of Roma in second, but Conte remains troubled by the manner of the loss to Fiorentina last year and has used the game a source of motivation for his team.

"That match was done and dusted, as we were dominating all over the field and had more chances to finish it off," he continued musing on the encounter.

"Then the impossible occurred, as we lost a game that we were dominating. In a nightmare 10 minutes we threw it all away and conceded goals that were very unusual for us to let in."

Sunday's clash is the first of three games between Juve and Fiorentina this month, as they will also meet over two legs in the Europa League last 16.

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