Tuesday February 7 2012
Marchisio calls for Juve focus

Claudio Marchisio has admitted that his Juventus side need to be better prepared when facing Serie A’s smaller clubs.

The Old Lady have impressed in the big games this season, but have sometimes stuttered against other outfits whom they are expected to beat.

Their 0-0 with Siena on Sunday followed earlier home draws this season against Bologna, Cagliari and Genoa.

“We have to be more motivated and focused, especially in games like this,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia when asked about the weekend tie.

“It was a big match for us, but we were unable to take advantage of Milan’s false step against Napoli.

“We have an easier fixture list on paper when compared to the others, but we have to improve our concentration.”

Juve did receive a boost on Monday though when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was banned for Milan’s next three games – meaning he’ll miss the clash with the Old Lady.

“It shouldn’t interest us,” Marchisio stated. “The Rossoneri are a great side even without him. It won’t be easy.”