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Thursday April 12 2012
Del Piero focused on Juve present

Juventus ace Alessandro Del Piero won’t comment on his plans for next season. “My future is Cesena on Sunday.”

The club captain, who will leave the Old Lady when his contract expires at the end of the season, was the hero in last night’s 2-1 win over Lazio.

His late goal led the Bianconeri back to the top of the table, but also led to questions about what will happen to him at the conclusion of the campaign.

“This is a really important part of the season, too important, for me to be thinking about my personal situation,” he told Sky Sport Italia.  

“I’ve always said that I will continue playing, but what we have to do now is to remain concentrated on the next game.”

Del Piero, now 37, has been used sparingly by boss Antonio Conte this term. Although he’s made 19 League appearances, he’s only started three of those.

“I would always like to play, but you have to understand the moment,” he continued.

“When I’m not on the pitch I just remain focused, but it is not easy to come on in a game, to adapt to the pace, therefore it is great when I come on and score.”

It had looked like Juventus would be held to another draw on Wednesday until Del Piero’s moment of magic.

“This win was fundamental for us, seeing how the game developed and what it means for the League table,” he added. “To draw or lose this match would have been suicide.

“We’re happy with this win and I’m satisfied because it is always nice to score. We have to keep our feet on the ground though.

“Whoever has the more energy and desire will end up with the Scudetto. It’ll be tough as things can change in the space of one game.”

Juventus are now one point clear of Milan. While the Old Lady will be up against Cesena, Milan will entertain Genoa this weekend.

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