Conte: People have already written us off in Europe

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Antonio Conte believes many people have written off Juventus in the Europa League but insists his side can beat Fiorentina.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is angry that pundits believe Fiorentina have the upper hand in the all-Italian Europa League battle.

Although the Bianconeri rule supreme in Serie A and have extended their lead at the top to 17 points, things are a lot harder to call in Europe.

Juve could only draw 1-1 in the first leg of their last 16 Europa League clash at home to Fiorentina after Mario Gomez scored a 79th-minute equaliser.

The away goal was a big boost for Fiorentina ahead of the second leg on Thursday evening at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but Juventus will still be fearsome opponents.

Speaking after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa secured thanks to a last-gasp Andrea Pirlo free-kick, Juventus boss Conte stressed that it would be foolish to write his team off.

"We will start as outsiders on Thursday and we know that many people have already celebrated our elimination from the Europa League," Conte said on Mediaset.

"But our win over Genoa was the win of a team that always works as a unit in victory and in defeat.

"We played very well and we showed that we can perform with our hearts and our heads.

It's clear that some players get tired because of all the fixtures but it's hard to rest them with so many important games. We will grit our teeth and keep pushing forward."

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