Saturday January 22 2011
Del Neri: 'Sampdoria don't miss me'

Gigi Del Neri faces his Sampdoria past and expects “recognition” from his former fans, also opening the door for further Juventus transfers.

The Coach took Samp to fourth place and qualification for the Champions League preliminary round last season before opting for a new challenge in Turin.

“What reaction do I expect from the fans? Recognition, the same as I feel for the supporters. I don't think Samp miss me or Antonio Cassano and every season is its own story,” said Del Neri.

“Besides, it is always exciting for them to take on Juve, regardless of who is on the bench. We had an extraordinary year together that culminated in the Champions League, thanks also to the fantastic atmosphere around the club.”

Amauri is back in the side, albeit with a protective mask after fracturing his nose, but reports continue to suggest Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini is their next transfer target.

“Both strikers are very talented. Pazzini has played more often than Amauri this year, which is why he has scored more goals.

“As for other signings, for now we have brought in Luca Toni and will see what else happens. It is a tough moment for the club and we're trying to improve the squad, but know it is not easy.

“We're keeping our eyes open to check out any bargains, but unfortunately at times we want players beyond our budget.”

Juventus have had a shaky start to 2011 and Del Neri is cautions over Scudetto dreams.

“Let's go easy on talk of the title. I think Juve must always fight to get the best and will improve when we get everyone back from injury.”

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