Sunday December 23 2012
Ancelotti: 'Juve are stronger'

PSG Coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident Juventus will succeed in Serie A and the Champions League, but is keeping an eye on Napoli.

“I never miss a Serie A match,” Ancelotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“It seems to me that the Bianconeri have notched up a solid eight-point lead and are the strongest team in the Division. However, things can always be turned upside down in Italy. Let’s just say it won’t be easy for their opponents to bridge that gap.”

Napoli have been docked two points in the betting scandal and fallen to fifth place, but the former Chelsea manager still sees them as the main contenders.

“I think Napoli have the structure to do very well. It’s true they haven’t been enchanting of late and there was the points penalty, but in the long run Walter Mazzarri’s team will emerge.

“Inter have changed a great deal and that takes time to settle. So far Inter have done well, but we cannot expect too much from them. They are in the Europa League and can earn qualification for the Champions League.

“Serie A remains a very strong League, it’s just that Juve are stronger. Antonio Conte’s side have technical, tactical and psychological strengths that nobody should underestimate. The ferocity and aggression of the Bianconeri is astounding. They never give up and Conte deserves praise for that, as you can tell it’s his work.

“I know Antonio, as I was his Coach. I can guarantee you he emerged covered in sweat even for a midweek game between ranks. I tip my hat to him!”

Juventus also recovered from a shaky start to win their Champions League group, knocking out holders Chelsea, and will face Celtic in the next round.

“European commitments weigh on a club and make a big difference, which is why the current eight-point lead is so important,” continued Ancelotti.

“They can control that lead, although I’m not sure someone like Conte would try to control anything. Antonio is a sledgehammer, he won’t take the pressure off his men for a second.

“Can Juve win The Double? One step at a time, after all my PSG are in the Champions League! I want to lift that trophy again... In any case, Juve had a good draw by being paired with Celtic and can progress.”

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