Juventus dedicate Supercoppa Italiana win to banned Conte

Management and players of the Bianconeri rallied around the 42-year-old boss, after picking up their first silverware of the season

Juventus senior management and players were quick to dedicate their 4-2 Supercoppa Italiana victory over Napoli, to banned coach Antonio Conte.

The win comes during a turbulent period for the club, with head coach Conte embroiled in a legal battle to overturn a 10-month ban, for his part in the match-fixing scandal engulfing Serie A.

The 42-year-old was forced to watch the game in Beijing from the stands and in the aftermath of of the win, Juventus' director general Giuseppe Marotta reserved special mention for the banned boss.

 "This is a victory by Conte, for Conte," Marotta declared to the club's official website.

 "The only thing we were interested in today was the win, which was an impeccable victory that was prepared for throughout the week by Conte.

Midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was also quick to pay tribute to his manager, while hailing the strength of character of the side to come from behind twice, before securing the win.

 "It was a tough game against a strong Napoli side, but we never gave up even after going behind in the first half.

 "We managed to level and then came good in extra-time. That's the team spirit we have here; the coach deserves to have this win dedicated to him more than any other."

 Caretaker manager Massimo Carrera, who is expected to lead the team from the dugout until Conte's ban expires, remarked on the performances of his defenders, after seeing blunders from Lucio and Leonardo Bonucci lead up to Napoli's two goals.

 "I don't believe our defenders played badly," the 48-year-old told Goal.com exclusively. "I don't think the club will buy anymore defenders this summer, especially in light of Chiellini's eventual return from injury.

 "People tend to scrutinise the mistakes of defenders, but in the end, it is something that can hardly be avoided. Only those sitting on the bench are immune to such errors."