Thursday, September 30, 2010
"We have undertaken a route which we hope we can consolidate in the next matches. Defining this trophy as our final objective is still too premature but it is definitely an important test to undertsand what we can achieve. I am not thinking so much of the final victory but rather of making through to the next round".
Alessandro Del Piero does not want to look too far ahead because he knows perfectly welll that victorious seasons are built one match at a time. The match tomorrow against City will be a stimulating match for Alex:
"Statistically it is very hard to play in England. We know we will be facing a team which is very well equipped from a technical aspect, which is going though a great moment because they beat Chelsea. It will be a difficult match but we must not fear it. I will be taking tomorrow’s match as a new challenge. We must try to cancel the latest defeats against English teams and emerge with a positive result»".
Manchester brings sweet memories to Del Piero, like when he scored the penalty in the first match against United and drove Juventus to the first victory by an Italian team at the Old Trafford: "The memory is a magnificent one. We played against United many times and winning there was marvellous".
City might not be as famous as their cousins, but recently the club invested a great deal in order to reduce the gap: "They undertook a precise route since a few years ago with investments which were very important signing players of great quality. It is one of the roads to reach success and City has a great number of players of quality. Then at the end of the day it is always the field to establish the difference between victory and defeat".
Asked whether he ever experienced a similar situation in his 17 years at Juventus with a team which has been so vastly rinnovated, the captain answered: "There might be similarities with other moments in the past but the interepreters, the period, the football are different. We began this road and it is right that it is new. I hope that something similar to the past can happen at the end of the season and by this I mean success".
After bthe away match in Manchester, the team will be called to that at the San Siro against Inter, but Del Piero does not intend to get distracted: "We must only think of tomorrow even though we know how important Inter-Juve is, because to face the match against the nerazzurri well we must do well tomorrow".
The journalists referred to the words of former team mate Vieira who speaking of his year as a bianconero, defined Juve as one of the strongest teams he ever played for, reminding everyone that to build another one as strong a few months are not enough:
"The time with Patrick was a nice one. To build a strong team like that one, time is needed. I can’t but hope that it happens fast but I don’t know at what point we are at the moment. The basis is very good and we must have the strength, results apart, to go ahead on our path".
Finally, the captain revealed a secret: "Noel Gallagher (leader of Oasis and a friend ofAlex) will come to watch the match. He lives here and will definitely support Manchester".
Posted by CAPITANO at Thursday, September 30, 2010