Antonio Conte sought to play down title talk at an afternoon press conference in Vinovo. Juve’s impressive start to the season has lifted them to the top of the championship, but the manager views any mention of the Scudetto as premature. 

 The 42-year-old said: “We’re working to build something important. At the end of the first half of the season, once we’ve faced every team, we’ll be able to assess how we’re developing and take stock of the situation. We’re currently doing extraordinarily things and performing beyond expectations.” 

While the Bianconeri have every reason to be confident following an unbeaten Serie A run stretching back to May, the upcoming away encounters against Lazio and Napoli will provide a sterner test of the team’s resolve. “We’ll take one game at a time,” assured Conte. “There’s no fear from our point of view: we’ll go there to play our brand of football, looking to take the game to the opposition as we always do. We’ll only think about Napoli after the final whistle.” 

 The Biancocelesti have enjoyed the majority of their success on the road and struggled to gain momentum in front of their own fans, registering just eight points at the Stadio Olimpico so far this season. Conte, however, remains cautious: “We’ll be up against a strong team who finished above us last season, they’ve strengthened considerably and Reja’s doing a great job. They’re a very physical side, we have great respect for their work and individuals such as Klose, Cissé, Konko, Marchetto… quality players who have settled into an already important unit.” 

 The condition of Andrea Pirlo was the subject on everyone’s lips but Conte opted to keep his cards close to his chest. “There are still two training sessions to undergo. We know that the championship doesn’t end in Rome nor in Naples, therefore we’ll make careful assessments alongside Andrea and then take the most appropriate decision.”