Tuesday December 21 2010
Aquilani hails Del Neri impact

Alberto Aquilani has nothing but good things to say about Juventus Coach Gigi Del Neri after a positive start to both their careers in Turin.

The Italy international midfielder has rediscovered his best form after an injury-plagued couple of years in Rome and Liverpool.

Interviewed in Il Corriere dello Sport, Aquilani said his first impressions of Juventus have been "extremely positive.

"I wished to return to Italy and find Serie A again. Juventus have given me that chance. I would like to repay their faith.

"I feel fine. The injuries are behind me. I went through difficult times, but with work and the help of those who love me, I have overcome them.

"I have found a system of play again that foresees two central midfielders: if one of us participates in attack, the other must stay back so as not to unbalance the team.

"At Liverpool I often came to be used at the tip of a midfield diamond behind the strikers.

"Del Neri insists a lot on the concept of the group. We all work together to get the maximum while looking to put our individuality to one side."

Asked if he agrees with Del Neri's assessment that Juventus are capable of winning the title, Aquilani said: "The mister is certainly more experienced than me and if he talks about the Scudetto there will be a reason for it.

"I believe that we should look at it on a game-by-game basis. We are going through a good spell, which we have to consolidate through our work during the week. We'll see what will happen in a month or so."