Monday February 6 2012
Juve admit to minnows problem

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has admitted that his team do struggle to breakdown teams who primarily opt to defend.

The Old Lady were held to their fourth home draw of the season against Siena on Sunday. That 0-0 followed ties with Bologna, Genoa and Cagliari.

“We’ve drawn with four mid-table sides, teams who are not amongst the top outfits,” Marotta told Radio Rai on Monday.

“This demonstrates that we do have problems in getting through these defences. However, I do think that Serie A is the most balanced championship in Europe.”

While Milan have a player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to resolve games, it is said that the Turin giants lack a star-man who can win a match on his own.

“The statistics speak for themselves as we adopted a policy of rejuvenation at this club,” the official added.

“Within a year and a half we changed 19 players from 24, so there are only five players from the old management.

“It is clear that the players of great value​​, the talents of the game, are rare and involve significant financial investment.

“Our first job was to work on quantity, then quality this year and we will see what we do next time…”

Returning to the 0-0 with Siena, Marotta was yesterday very critical of the decision not to award a penalty to Juventus for a Simone Vergassola handling offence.

“I just wanted to highlight the fact that there needs to be more attention when deciding which referees are given which games,” he added.

“I’ve always said that the big teams need to have the best and most experienced referees. Certain games need experienced officials and a referee who knows how to handle difficult situations.

“Look at players. If you have talent then you can play for a big club when you are 16, but players who are not that good are sent out to smaller clubs to gain experience. It should be the same for referees.”

Marotta was also questioned about Ibrahimovic’s red card in the 0-0 draw with Napoli – as a possible three-game ban would see him ruled out of this month’s Milan-Juve tie.

“The game against Milan is important and boss Antonio Conte will prepare for it in the manner he always does, no matter whether Ibra plays or not.

“The disciplinary body will decide how long Ibrahimovic is banned for. Experience tells us that it will be two or three games for this type of incident.

“But I don’t want to get involved in this situation.”

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