Soccer-Juventus still lagging behind Barca, Bayern, says Conte (Reuters)

MILAN, July 11 (Reuters) – Juventus coach Antonio Conte said he did not expect the Serie A champions to close the gap on teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich and welcomed Napoli’s “undervalued” manager Rafael Benitez to Italy on Thursday. In his first pre-season news conference, Conte also highlighted Juve’s “extraordinary achievement” in signing forwards Carlos Tevez for nine million euros ($11.74 million) and Fernando Llorente as a free agent. Conte has won two successive Serie A titles in his two seasons at the club and said it would be “historic” if they made it a hat-trick next term. …

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