Friday August 12 2011
Elkann responds to Moratti

Club patron John Elkann has backed Juventus' decision to continue their battle in search of Calciopoli justice.

Juve this week outlined their plans to have the verdicts from the summer of 2006 re-examined after new evidence emerged.

Inter chief Massimo Moratti then urged Juve President Andrea Agnelli to "take a holiday", but Elkann has hit back at the Nerazzurri official.

"We're happy to receive this advice from an older person, who with his wisdom recommends us to go on holiday, but holidays at Juve are prescribed," the President of Exor and Fiat stated.

"We know that there's work to do, a lot of it, and that is our priority.

"Juventus have always been very consistent in calling for equal treatment, without considering the merits of the decision.

"I notice unease and advice from others, and this suggests that there's something to hide."

Turning to on the field matters, Elkann, a cousin of Andrea Agnelli, is looking to the future with optimism.

"This is a new team with great enthusiasm," he added. "We've spent some time together and it's clear just how much confidence the team has in Antonio Conte's guidance.

"Juve are very lucky to have a huge number of fans and a very strong bond with them. We always see it, in good times and bad times.

"There is a great future ahead of us, and Conte manages to transmit this."

He continued: "We have everything necessary to do well. The Scudetto? Yes, we can win it, although it's early to make predictions.

"But the team has undoubtedly been reinforced. Conte might not have great experience yet, but he has determination and professionalism in spades. And he knows the Juventus spirit perfectly well."