Saturday March 12 2011
Del Neri: 'Jeers will turn to applause'

Gigi Del Neri remains unbowed after Juventus scraped a point in Cesena. “The jeers of our fans will turn into applause. We played well.”

The Coach declared he would not resign even if they fell to a fourth consecutive defeat and supporters at the Dino Manuzzi called for his departure during tonight's 2-2 draw.

“The team played a good game for 90 minutes, especially as for an hour they were down to 10 men,” he said.

“I don't think Marco Motta deserved the first yellow card. We were facing a Cesena team that had won two on the bounce and had nothing to lose, so we did all we could.

“I saw a side in good shape that was dangerous in attack. We ran a few risks, but it's only right that we allow Armand Traoré and other youngsters to play at this moment. In fact, with 10 men we defended better than with 11.

“It was a struggle in the second half, inevitably, and we conceded two goals from set plays. With a little more concentration we could've won, but tonight the team played good football and we are on the right track.”

Del Neri still angered the fans, though, by replacing captain Alessandro Del Piero after he had set up both Alessandro Matri's goals.

“I took Del Piero off because he was tired. It's a good situation with him and we know what our agreement is. There is talk in the papers, but no real problems between us.

“The jeers of the fans will turn into applause later on, so let's allow them to jeer right now. Today we chose quality and I liked the midfield performance.”