Saturday December 11 2010
Del Neri: 'Lazio not a Juve crossroads'

Gigi Del Neri faces a battle with Lazio to go joint second, but insists “this is not a crossroads moment for Juventus.”

The Bianconeri are just three points behind the Biancocelesti and go head-to-head on Sunday evening.

“I don't believe it is a crossroads moment of the season. It's a crossroads moment for right now and important from a psychological point of view,” argued the Coach.

“The campaign has just started and I think there has already been a strong sign in the table, as these are two teams in the top tier. It proves what a complicated League this is and every Sunday is a battle. We both deserve to be up there.

“Edy Reja is a great Coach as well as a great friend. He created a solid, united squad with the right team spirit. We are similar in that sense. I'm very pleased he's doing so well, as it proves football with ideas can achieve important results.

“Lazio have conceded few goals and take advantage of the situations they create. Juve need a perfect performance to get a result.”

Alberto Aquilani is in doubt after a dip in form, while Alessandro Del Piero will be benched again.

“There's no Aquilani problem,” assured Del Neri. “Whether he plays or not is irrelevant and we'll have Claudio Marchisio back.

“As for the strikers, without Amauri the only forwards we have are Fabio Quagliarella and Vincenzo Iaquinta, so they are the only possible pairing. Del Piero has other characteristics, so we have no alternatives.

“Nobody has a secure place in the starting XI. Everyone starts on level terms and whoever deserves it will play. That goes for Del Piero, Gigi Buffon, Amauri and every player at Juve.

“Buffon is the best goalkeeper in the world and when he proves that, he'll play, but he has to prove it. Right now Marco Storari deserves to be first choice and it'll be tough to take the gloves away from him.”

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