Sunday December 18 2011
Novara 'will attack Juventus'

Novara take on Juventus in their first Piemonte Derby for 55 years, but Attilio Tesser assures they “won’t clam up and defend.”

The minnows have been out of the top flight since the 1950s, so didn’t have the chance to face their local rivals before now.

“We are playing for prestige as well, but the points count for more,” said the Coach.

“Therefore we will try to get a result, albeit aware we will be taking on the top team in the Division, not to mention the only European side still unbeaten.

“The difficulties of this match are evident and we must play to the best of our abilities. It will take technique, tactical nous and team spirit.

“If we only play with a defensive attitude, then we’d be getting absolutely everything wrong,” continued Tesser.

“Of course we don’t intend to be arrogant in Turin, but we will have to courage to play and not just hand Juve the initiative. We will reply blow for blow. Our intensity is going to be key.

“I am sure Juventus will come out all guns blazing straight away and try to break the deadlock immediately.”

He confirmed the 5-3-2 system tested in their 1-1 draw against Napoli last week.

“The system isn’t the important thing, but rather the mentality, so we must interpret the game the same way we did against Napoli.”