Saturday December 3 2011
Mutu faces Juventus past

Adrian Mutu looks forward to facing his former club for Cesena, but concedes “I didn’t want to leave Juventus in 2006.”

The Romanian has had a chequered career and was given another chance by Juve after Chelsea fired him for failing a drugs test.

“I was so happy at Juve, it was a fantastic time for me,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I won two Scudetti. Calciopoli scandal or not, I feel that they are mine.

“There was a particularly strong bond with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I didn’t want to leave in 2006, but in the end I found myself at Fiorentina.”

Mutu was sold after Juventus were demoted to Serie B in that scandal, but joined Cesena this summer and returns to Turin tomorrow.

“It’s going to be tough, as they are a great side once again. They do lose something with Andrea Pirlo’s ban, as he is unique, but I’m sure Juventus will be able to replace him well.”

Mutu faced another former teammate, ex-Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey, and chipped him when scoring a penalty against Genoa last week.

“Will I try doing that to Gigi Buffon? I don’t know. It’s tough to beat him, but for now I won’t think about that.

“Daniele Arrigoni’s arrival shook up the Cesena side and restored our confidence. I now play in my preferred role, whereas Marco Giampaolo saw me as a centre-forward. I will admit I haven’t done enough on the field, so I give myself five out of 10.”

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