Wednesday December 22 2010
Del Neri: 'Small steps for big prizes'

Gigi Del Neri is pleased with the progress at Juventus. “We must make small steps to reach the big objectives.”

The Bianconeri slipped from second place to fourth following their draw with Chievo, but are still in the Scudetto hunt.

“We are working well,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There were some moments to begin with that weren't at all easy, but we got back on track with hard work from the players.

“Now the results are coming, but we want to improve a great deal more. It's a shame we went out of the Europa League in such an inopportune fashion, as if we had played with this form and not three months ago, we probably would've stayed in the competition.”

Juventus had their worst campaign in decades before Del Neri was drafted in from Sampdoria to take charge.

“Being called by Juventus is an important test, a challenge and above all an honour. I remember at the start there was scepticism because I had never really led a top club. That was logical and only right.

“A big name can be forgiven to a degree when things go badly, but a small name has to prove himself amid a different atmosphere and level of pressure to what he was accustomed to.

“Our results are still not what they ought to be and that can cause some tension. I won't deny there are difficulties,” continued Del Neri.

“Recent games have given us belief and a calmer attitude on the field. My philosophy is we must make small steps to reach the big objectives.

“I always have to highlight the small targets, like scoring more goals, conceding less, getting more points than last season, finishing fifth, then fourth, then third, then second. These all help motivation to build.”

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