Sunday February 20 2011
Del Neri: 'Juventus were arrogant'

Gigi Del Neri slammed Juventus as “arrogant and without excuses,” while Lecce assistant manager Roberto Rizzo found their win “beyond all expectations.”

The Bianconeri suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the Stadio Via del Mare after Gigi Buffon was sent off in the opening 12 minutes, but the scoreline could've been a lot worse.

“We got the wrong approach from the start,” slammed Del Neri. “The team was very arrogant. This is a defeat that should make us think carefully, as we should've been more intense and taken charge.

“Lecce were always first to the ball and we deserved to lose. In fact, we're lucky it only ended 2-0. We are unable to face supposedly ‘easy' games with the right concentration.

“Now our objectives seem a long way away. We cannot afford any more mistakes. It's a shame, as we were on the right path, but today we had no excuses for this performance.”

Lecce Coach Gigi De Canio was in the stands due to a touchline ban, so Rizzo was on the bench.

“We played a good game and the lads believed in the result throughout the week,” said the assistant manager.

“We went beyond all expectations, even the rosiest outlook. Juve suffer a bit when hit with pace, so we have David Di Michele who is exceptional at that kind of work. We prepared for the match with that thought in mind.”

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