Thursday February 9 2012
Del Piero: ‘Another important step’

Alessandro Del Piero sees Juventus’ first leg victory over Milan in their Coppa Italia semi-final represents  a significant progression by the Bianconeri.

Antonio Conte’s side ran out 2-1 winners on the night at San Siro, which combined with the unbeaten start to the season that sees them top of the Serie A table, leaves them on course for a League and Cup double.

Whilst not getting carried away, Del Piero posted a message on his site on Thursday that suggested yesterday’s performance provides the self-belief to progress forward.

“If we still needed confirmation that we believe in ourselves and are aiming for all available targets this season, then the night at San Siro must provide that increased awareness of our capabilities,” the 37-year-old began.

“To win at San Siro against an opponent like Milan is never easy, to do it in a two-legged challenge is even more important, even if the very fact that it is a double-header makes us realise that we are only halfway.

“We have to complete the work in the second leg at home, because the 2-1 obtained in Milan will not protect us from danger.

“Certainly last night is another important step in our journey, but I never tire of saying that the goal is still distant. We face this road with even more confidence in ourselves because at San Siro we were proven to be a good team.”

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