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Fabio Capello hails Juve boss as the best in Italy

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Russia national team coach Fabio Capello believes Juventus’ Antonio Conte is the best manager in Italy and the current Bianconeri side is the strongest in years, according to Goal.

Capello led Juventus to two Serie A titles in his two years at the club between 2004 and 2006, but they were subsequently stripped of the achievements following the Italian match fixing scandal.

Conte matched this achievement in his first two years after winning back-to-back titles; and with Juve sitting at the top of the table entering 2014, Capello admits Conte’s side are better.

“Even if the numbers don’t say this, the current Juventus are stronger than mine were,” said Capello in a Sky interview.

“He took a team that was experiencing a great moment, and gave them a winning mentality. At the moment he is absolutely the best Italian coach, I've seen what they are winning and why they succeeded in getting these achievements in a short time.”

Juventus have an opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the Serie A table, if they successfully dismantle Roma on January 6 at Turin. Despite exiting from the Champions League at the group stages following their loss to Galatasaray, Conte's men are in line for another successful season domestically.

“It's a very important match. If Rome loses they would go eight points behind and it would be a difficult to retrieve,” Capello said about the fixture.

“The Giallorossi is an excellent team, has a fine coach who has very clear ideas and a very strong defense.They are aren’t in cups and must hope Juve drop when they are engaged in Europe.”

Having managed both great clubs, the 67-year-old manager insisted he had no allegiance to either team.

“Who is more in my heart? Both, I had good times at both Turin and Rome,” Capello recalled.

“With the Giallorossi I won a league title that was missing for many years. At Juve I have won two league titles, then had them deleted but I don't believe that, for me they are always valid.”

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