Furious Conte punishes Juventus

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Juventus boss Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to his side's 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona, calling his players in to train on their day off.

Juventus suffered an uncharacteristic lapse of concentration against Verona to throw away a two-goal lead and draw 2-2.

The Bianconeri appear to be running away with the Serie A title and have a nine-point lead, although second-placed Roma have a game in hand.

But just as it looked set to be another routine three points for Antonio Conte's side against Verona, they conceded two second-half goals, including a last-gasp equaliser.

Roma could only draw 0-0 with Lazio in a heated Rome derby, so they didn't close the gap, but Conte was left fuming.

Tuttosport reports that the Juventus tactician has threatened his starting 11 players with being dropped and has called the team in for training today when they would have been allowed a day of rest.

Conte is said to be angry and the way his team are failing to deal with set-pieces. Luca Toni scored Verona's first from a header from a free-kick and Juanito Gomez Taleb's late equaliser came from a free-kick too.

In fact nine of the 18 goals Juventus have conceded this season have been from set-pieces - a figure that has been increasing in recent weeks.

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