Conte warns Juventus not to underestimate Torino

The Bianconeri coach is eagerly anticipating the Derby della Mole and feels it would be a big performance if they win their second consecutive Scudetto
Antonio Conte has stressed that Juventus cannot afford to take Sunday's derby against Torino lightly if they are to record a positive result.

Torino have picked up only one point from their last four games and sit 16th in the Serie A table at the moment, yet Conte has insisted that form will count for little ahead of Sunday's clash.

"We need to be fully alert on Sunday. The form guide goes out the window in these games," Conte stated at a press conference.

"The derby is always an important encounter. Both teams look to dictate the game and keep possession. The derby is never a game like the others. Torino have had an exceptional season, we know we’ll be up against a fine team."

Juventus will be crowned Italian champions if they claim victory in the derby and Napoli drop points against Pescara on Saturday.

"We’ll definitely watch tonight’s game. Regardless of the outcome, we know we’ll have a battle on our hands tomorrow," Conte added.

"Reclaiming the title isn't easy in Italy, especially when you start off as favourites.

"If we are to win the Scudetto, it will be the title of ‘desire and consistency’, the aspects we’ve had over other teams."

Conte also reiterated that Serie A is no longer a preferred destination for the game's biggest stars due to the lack of financial resources in Italy.

"Top names will go where they're paid the most. There are few teams in Italy, perhaps none at all, who can afford €10 million in salary."

Juventus are heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the attacker will have to accept a big pay-cut if the move is to take place.