Conte: Juve can bounce back against Real

Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes his men can forget Sunday's Fiorentina defeat by beating Real Madrid and may switch formation at the Bernabeu.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte is confident that the Bianconeri can move on from last weekend's crushing  4-2 loss to Fiorentina by winning tonight's Champions League match at Real Madrid and Tuttosport suggests he may be considering moving to a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Juve were the victims of a stunning fightback from Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as a Giuseppe Rossi hat-trick overturned the Old Lady's 2-0 half-time lead.

The result left Juventus five points behind Serie A leaders Roma and unleashed the full force of press scrutiny on Conte, but he is playing down the defeat's significance.

"We don't have broken bones," Conte told Tuttosport. "It was a blackout on our part. We have analysed what happened and we are ready to take on Real Madrid. We know where to hit them.

"They are a super power and we respect them, but we aren't scared. We are playing a team who have the ability to spend £85m on one player and sell two others (Ozil and Higuain) for £42.5m and £34.5m. They are an example to us but we have to be motivated by trying to get to their level."

There may be a tactical switch on the cards for the game at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 4-3-1-2 system looking like the likely bet, according to Tuttosport.

The Turin-based paper expects a defensive quartet with Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini being joined by Caceres and Claudio Marchisio supporting Spanish striker Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.

Conte was keen to stress his respect for opposite number Carlo Ancelotti, but made it clear that he doesn't feel inferior to the ex-AC Milan man.

"I'm envious of Carlo's great career," he explained. "But I've had some great successes in my short time as a coach. I've won two Scudetti and also the Serie B title."

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