Conte excited by Juve chance
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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has admitted he is excited about making his coaching debut for the club and vowed to end the team's Parma hoodoo.

Juve start the Serie A season by hosting Parma at their new 41,000 capacity stadium, the first of its kind in Italy to be privately owned by a club.

For Conte - who had a distinguished playing career at Juventus - it will be his first competitive game at the club's helm, having taken over in the summer after guiding Siena to promotion to Serie A.

"Ok, I admit it, I'm very excited, there's no point hiding it," the 42-year-old said. "On Thursday at the inauguration ceremony [for the new stadium] I was very emotional.

"This isn't a job like any other, I'll be emotional but also very lucid, that's for sure, but this eve of match is different to any other.

We need to be ready to write a new page in this wonderful stadium.
Antonio Conte, Juventus coach

"We're playing a Parma side who have beaten us in our last three matches so we're going to put our antenna facing the right direction and start with a bang."

And Conte - who played 296 games for the Turin giants, winning five league titles and the UEFA Champions League in 1996 - has vowed to play attractive football.

"We need to be ready to write a new page in this wonderful stadium," said Conte. "I don't know if we'll be there yet but I know that we're on the right path, and that's playing good football."

And after last night's entertaining 2-2 draw between AC Milan and Lazio, Conte believes Italy is in line for a new dawn of attacking football.

"They played football, always trying to beat each other. In Italy we're still backwards, trying too much to defend a result. But that mentality is changing."