Conte set for Juve return

SaturdayAtalanta     vs     Parma        19:00    AS Roma     vs     Fiorentina    21:45
Juventus have even posted an electronic countdown to Conte's return on their official website. Net photo.
Juventus have even posted an electronic countdown to Conte's return on their official website. Net photo.

Saturday
Atalanta     vs     Parma        19:00    AS Roma     vs     Fiorentina    21:45

Sunday
Torino     vs     Milan        16:00
Siena     vs     Catania
Cagliari     vs     Chievo
US Pescara     vs     Genoa
Palermo     vs     Juventus
Inter     vs     Napoli        21:45

Monday
Sampdoria     vs     Udinese        20:00    Bologna     vs     Lazio        22:00   

ROME - Antonio Conte makes his long-awaited return to the touchline as Serie A leaders Juventus visit Palermo this weekend.

The Juve head coach was handed a 10-month suspension in August - later reduced to four months on appeal - for his alleged role in the ‘Calcioscommesse’ match-fixing scandal.

Saturday sees that lengthy ban from the dugout draw to a close, with a pre-match press conference in Sicily marking Conte’s first appointment before he takes control of the Italian champions once again.

Palermo boss Gian Piero Gasperini is a confirmed admirer of the 43-year-old but will be giving him no quarter on Sunday afternoon.

He told La Repubblica: “In my opinion, Conte has always been a fine example for anyone to follow. I have a great relationship with him and he’s been missed.

“I certainly won’t wish him good luck against us, though, in fact I hope it goes badly for him! From personal experience, I can say that a coach’s direct involvement is very important to his players.’’

Juventus have even posted an electronic countdown to Conte’s return on their official website.

Assistant boss Angelo Alessio was delighted to seal progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League before handing over the reins.

Inter Milan and Napoli go head-to-head at the San Siro with both sides bidding to close Juve’s advantage at the top of the table.

AC Milan look to continue their recent resurgence with a positive result at Torino, while Roma and Fiorentina battle it out for dominance of the European places on Saturday night.

 

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