Friday May 2 2014
‘Juve must improve in Europe’

Former Juventus player Mark Iuliano believes the Old Lady must concentrate on performing better in Europe in the future.

Antonio Conte’s side exited the Europa League at the semi-final stage last night, having failed to break down Portuguese champions Benfica.

Despite feeling that the Bianconeri were hard done by in their 2-1 aggregate defeat, the 40-year-old now expects the club to have a clear plan moving forward.

“If you consider both legs, home and away, Juventus did show they were stronger than Benfica,” Iuliano said to CalcioNews24.

“But you need to applaud Benfica and say well done. They defended well and they managed to go through without even scoring.

“The first leg result turned out to be very damaging. I am sorry both for my old team and for the Italian League’s UEFA ranking, which is going down. It is a shame.

“They had a lot of chances to get into the final, but they also need to think about improving now.

“I’m talking about on a European level. Domestically Juventus have dominated.

“I think that the Juve board of directors and Coach have a clear idea of what to do. From next season the players will have more experience in Europe, which has come from this year.

“In the transfer market they need to strengthen in terms of numbers. Maybe at this stage of the season some of the players are tired because they have been starting matches so often.”