Monday October 22 2012
Marotta: Top player? Top team…

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has underlined that one player – even a top player – doesn’t make a team.

One of Marotta’s missions during the summer was the acquisition of a big-name striker, but he didn’t have the finances to make that happen.

Juventus, however, haven’t missed a main hitman as they sit at the top of the table after seven wins and a draw from their first eight games.

“I always hear people talk about a top player, but here we need to speak about a top team,” he told Radio Rai. “The team unit is our true strength.

“The statistics enable us to make a full analysis and confirm that we have a winning model.

“This team has lost just once in 55 competitive fixtures, and we’re on a 47-game unbeaten run in the League. We’re at the top of the championship, with the best attack and best defence.

“This is down to the work which we started two years ago when President Andrea Agnelli arrived.”

The Old Lady’s form this term has been even more surprising given that it has come without Antonio Conte on the touchline given his four-month ban.

“The absence of Conte is something that weighs heavy on us, but his professionalism and that of his backroom staff enables the team to be fully prepared for our games,” Marotta added.

“We suffer without Antonio, but this gives everyone greater stimulation. The squad is our strength and this is also evident by the fact that 12 different players have hit the target so far this season.”

Juve are next in action on Tuesday in the Champions League against Nordsjaelland of Denmark.

“We go into the game knowing that we’re the superior side. This is a fundamental step and we’ll travel to Denmark looking for all three points.”