Monday September 24 2012
Juventus aware of hidden dangers

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has dismissed the notion that his club will have no rivals in the Scudetto race this season.

The Old Lady are now clear at the top of the table after winning all four League games so far, but Marotta is remaining cautious.

“We are proud of the way we have begun the campaign,” the official told RAI. “But there are dangers around every corner in football.

“The championship is still very long and to make any predictions now would be hazardous.”

The Turin giants seem to be favoured in the title race by the difficulties being encountered by historical rivals – Milan and Inter.

“This represents a clear sign of Italian football’s involution,” the former Sampdoria man continued. “In 2003, Italian football was top of the European rankings – we are now fourth.

“This fall in standard doesn’t include us at Juventus, but we are not happy about it.”

The Turin giants had two tough seasons of their own before winning the title again in 2011-12. “We have renewed a lot of things at the club and in the squad over the years.

“We created a structure with well defined roles. Then we realised a dream last season by winning the championship – a clear sign that our revolution worked.”

Marotta was also inevitably asked about his club’s market moves once the January transfer window re-opens.

“A top player? We continue to monitor everything with great attention. But our fans should remain optimistic with the Juventus model under the presidency of Andrea Agnelli.”