Thursday January 6 2011
Agnelli plays down heavy defeat

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has sought to play down the significance of his side's heavy 4-1 defeat to Parma this afternoon.

The Turin giants were unexpectedly humbled at home, suffering in particular after Fabio Quagliarella went off injured and Felipe Melo received a red card early in the first half.

"Our objectives and plans don't change. We have to stay united," Agnelli told Sky Italia.

"Today was a bad result, but losing 1-0 or 4-1 doesn't make a big difference.

"It started badly with the injury to Quagliarella. He is our most in form striker.

"Then there was Melo's sending off which was correct even if I expected a light sanctioning of the Parma player too.

"I have always said that this team is competitive. It can beat anyone.

"We have changed 12 players. It's a young team and you can't ask that we become experienced quickly."

Asked if Quagliarella's injury changes Juventus' plans in the January transfer window, he said: "Our line is well-defined.

"Right now we are waiting to know what is wrong with Quagliarella, hoping that there are no particular problems."