Monday December 24 2012
Agnelli: Juve not yet champions

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli insists that the championship is still alive despite his club’s eight point lead at the top of the table.

The Old Lady stretched their advantage thanks to a 3-1 win over Cagliari and Inter’s home draw with Genoa.

“The championship is only decided when the maths say so,” the chief told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday.

“There are still 20 games to go and we’ve killed nothing yet.”

Juve are looking good for a second consecutive title, but they also have their eyes on the Champions League where they will play Celtic in the last 16.

“Juventus always look to win everything,” Agnelli continued. “The most important thing today is winning in Italy again.

“However, the Champions League allows us to dream and we like to dream. We can give anyone a game.”

Agnelli, though, admitted that the Bianconeri do have to try to cut down the economical gap which exists between themselves and Europe’s giants.

“Our annual turnover is €215m and that will rise next year, but we need to have a stable turnover of €300m-€350m annually to keep pace.”

Turning to transfers, Agnelli admitted that the “important buys” are made in the summer, before commenting on past moves.

“Our best signings in the current squad are Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba – they cost us €300,000 in total!”

That money was spent on Barzagli in January 2011, as Pirlo and Pogba were Bosman free transfers.

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