New Juventus stadium 'has an air of victory' - Antonio Conte

The young tactician feels that the new playing arena will prove to be a worthy successor to the Delle Alpi, and hopes it can become the Turin side's new fortress
Juventus coach Antonio Conte feels his club's new stadium possesses a winning atmosphere, on the eve of its official inauguration against Notts County in a friendly encounter on Thursday night.

The tactician, who played at the club's former home, the Stadio delle Alpi, has praised the new ground's similarities to the 69,000-seater venue which formerly stood in the current site of the new arena.

"It's a venue which has an air of victory," Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The Delle Alpi witnessed some of the great moments of [Marcello] Lippi's Juventus, as we played in many important matches, in Serie A and the Champions League."

The stadium, temporarily named 'Juventus Arena', has been under construction since 2009, after plans to create a more atmospheric and intimate venue were given the green light, and the 41,000-seater promises to fulfill its original criteria.

Juventus kick off their 2011-12 campaign on Sunday, where the new stadium will play host to its first Serie A match, against Parma.