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Antonio Conte's Juve proved again on Sunday that they can methodically grind out results and comfortably beat Serie A opponents when they are not at their best.
It was not a scintillating performance, but it is a credit to Conte that his tactics enabled the Bianconeri to overwhelm opponents at times and find plenty of opportunities, even when they aren't quite playing to their potential.
Fabio Capello has criticised Conte and this Juventus side over the past three seasons, in particular their inability to crack Europe.
But Conte reacted vociferously, noting to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia), "Capello's [Juventus] sides broke records...but I don’t remember their style of football."
Capello said that Conte's side were only dominant due to the poor quality of Serie A lately, but Conte responded swiftly, saying: "Maybe next year I’ll ask us to be enrolled in the Premier League... I’d say someone who makes these comments is annoying and disrespectful."
Conte knows he must bide his time to prove his worth in Europe, with some critics pointing to the failure in the Champions League as a sign that this team is not great.
But although this was not a memorable victory, it proved once again that Juve always react to dropping points—that is the sign of a great side.
To have the character to win the next match on each of the four times that they have dropped points this season demonstrates their mental toughness to never allow a "crisis" to develop.