Wednesday March 28 2012
Matri tipped to strike back

Pierpaolo Bisoli has defended struggling Juventus striker Alessandro Matri from mounting criticism.

The centre-forward is the club’s top scorer this season with 10 League strikes, but his last came in the 1-1 draw at Milan in late February.

“He’ll soon return to scoring ways,” Bisoli, who briefly bossed the player at Cagliari, told Tutto Juve in an interview.

“When a player joins a big club then they ask a lot from you, they quickly forget the positive things done in the past.

“Matri is having an excellent campaign. He works hard for the team and that may be affecting his composure in front of goal.

“As a result there could be dips in his form, but you can’t doubt the quality of the player. These things happen and Matri remains an important guy for the national team too.”

The Gazzetta dello Sport is today reporting that Matri, who started against Inter, may be benched for Sunday’s tie with Napoli.

Boss Antonio Conte is apparently considering a 3-5-2 formation that could see Mirko Vucinic and Marco Borriello start in attack.