Wednesday January 4 2012
Zambrotta respects weaker Juve

Milan’s Gianluca Zambrotta rates former club Juventus as a Scudetto contender despite them not having the most competitive squad.

The Rossoneri and the Old Lady currently lead the Serie A standings as the championship resumes this weekend following the winter break.

“On paper, Juve have fewer champions than ourselves and Inter, but that is only a relative disadvantage,” Zambrotta told La Stampa.

“Apart from the two years under Fabio Capello when we had a really strong squad at Juve, my side wasn’t always the best team but we won because of our spirit.

“I saw that again in them three months ago when we went to Turin and lost.

“However, we at Milan have the Scudetto shield on our shirts and I agree with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he says that we are better than last season.”

Although the two giants lead the way, Zambrotta is refusing to rule out any other side from entering the Scudetto race.

“It’s like we have gone back in time,” the former Italian international noted. “In the sense that Juventus have completed their path to become a great side again.

“The difference is that in the past there was a big difference between teams, now Inter, Lazio, Udinese and Napoli are in the position to fight until the very end.”

The full-back was also asked for his opinion on the possible January arrival of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

“People said that Antonio Cassano would unbalance the dressing room and that Ibra was hard to manage, instead they have integrated well.

“The same thing would happen if Tevez joins.”