Friday September 12 2014
Stramaccioni respects Juve strength

Andrea Stramaccioni says his win in Turin while Inter boss means nothing ahead of the Juventus-Udinese encounter.

Stramaccioni famously ended Juve’s 49-game unbeaten streak during his stint with the Nerazzurri and he’ll return to the Juventus Stadium on Saturday.

“It was a great game, unique,” said the man who replaced Francesco Guidolin on the Udine hot-seat in the summer.

“It was first against second and I remember it fondly. But that is part of the past and Juventus-Udinese must not be influenced by that memory.

“I know it will be a different game tomorrow. We know what Juventus are, we respect them, but we want to cause them problems.

“I’ve seen a lot of Juventus games in preparation for this tie. You often get the sensation that they will score in every game.

“With humility, I say that we will go there to defend, but our mentality will be to try to do them harm whenever they make a mistake.”

Juventus also changed bosses over the summer when Massimiliano Allegri stepped in for Antonio Conte. Allegri made a winning start with a 1-0 win at Chievo two weeks ago.

“Week 1 of the season showed that Juventus are still a solid side,” Stramaccioni added. “They played with a good rhythm and won at a difficult ground.

“It looks like the same old Juventus to me, with the same system that has allowed their players to win so much already.

“They played with excellent intensity despite injuries.”

Juventus won all of their League games at home last season.