Thursday October 4 2012
‘Perfection needed to beat Juve’

Siena boss Serse Cosmi has admitted that it may take ‘something extraordinary’ to beat Juventus this weekend.

Although the Old Lady have struggled in recent games against Fiorentina and Shakhtar Donetsk, Cosmi has underlined that they are still the best side in Italy.

“We’ll need the perfect game to beat them,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. “They’ve been in difficulty just twice this season, in Florence and against Shakhtar.

“In those games, Juventus played to 50 per cent of their potential, while their opponents were at 90 per cent.

“This means that Juventus don’t even lose games when it is not their day and that is no coincidence.

“We’ll have to be at 100 per cent and then we’ll see what happens. But if Juve play to their maximum then we’ll something extraordinary to happen in order to win.”

One of the key questions that all Coaches preparing to take on Juventus face is whether to man-mark Andrea Pirlo.

“No,” Cosmi stated. “When I bossed Perugia and teams marked Fabio Liverani, he always had a great game.

“Pirlo, like other players at Juve, needs to be limited but not necessarily with a specific man-marker.”