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Juventus coach Conte gets snappy over Llorente questions

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is becoming fed-up with questions over Fernando Llorente's continued absence.

Llorente remains frozen out amid claims he doesn't suit Conte's system.

"I find it unfair that I have to get criticised for how I play Llorente. I understand if there's criticism over results, but not this. The same ought to happen for the lack of playing time for Sebastian Giovinco or Simone Padoin.

"I am the Coach and I know what happens during the week in training. Llorente is a player we all chose together and we all support him together. I don't want this game of trying to figure out who wanted who. The basis of our success over these years is that we shared everything, the positive and negative choices.

"Fernando basically didn't play for a year due to his problems with Bilbao, which is why he needed time to rediscover the grit, intensity and tempo of a match situation. You lose these things when you don't play.

"Now he has trained for three months and will have his chance, because he is earning it. He could play tomorrow, Wednesday or next Sunday. I won't tell you when it will happen, though."

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