Friday February 25 2011
Juve's big small-team problem

The legendary Antonio Cabrini fears that Juventus' problems against the smaller clubs this term will cost them a place in the Champions League.

The Old Lady are currently seventh in Serie A, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Lazio after their reverse at Lecce.

That defeat highlighted the Bianconeri's struggles against the smaller sides which is backed up by the statistics.

In games against the teams currently occupying the top 10 positions in the League, Milan have netted 19 points to Juventus' 23.

However, in matches against sides placed 11th-20th in the standings, Milan have grabbed 36 points and Juve just 18.

"Between the highs and lows, Juventus are picking up very little," said Cabrini, a former Juventus and Italy left-back.

"The fact that they struggle against the 'provincial' sides is something that they have to reflect on," he added.

"The seven point gap between them and Lazio is a big one and Juventus' remaining fixtures are not the simplest."

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