Monday April 11 2011
Marotta: The Olimpico syndrome

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta claims the reason his side went behind twice at home to Genoa on Sunday is because they have an 'Olimpico syndrome'.

The Old Lady has struggled at home this season and looked like doing so again when Leonardo Bonucci scored an own goal after six minutes.

Simone Pepe got an equaliser early in the second half only for Antonio Floro Flores to restore Genoa's lead after 57 minutes.

Fortunately for Juventus, Alessandro Matri and Luca Toni came to the rescue and overturned the result in their favour.

Juventus won 3-2 and recorded their third straight victory.

"The start was influenced by this own goal," Marotta said. "Unfortunately there is an 'Olimpico syndrome' which often hits the players.

"However, we twice managed to equalise and after our naivety on Floro Flores' goal we became obstinate.

"Pepe was perhaps the best player on the pitch and he came off because he was tired. He had given a lot, as had Felipe Melo.

"Toni came on and he didn't just supply Matri with an assist but scored too."

Asked about the Champions League, Marotta said: "We need to be realistic because the gap between us and fourth place is big. But we have to believe. Anyway, we've shown that we know how to react.

"The pressure around Juventus is strong. The fans are used to seeing the team win. In the last four years after Calciopoli the credit we've had has been consumed a little."

Finally, Marotta reflected on Gigi Buffon's injury and his place in the team.

"There's nothing to it. Gigi is Juventus' starting goalkeeper. Last summer we had to contract another good `keeper like Marco Storari, then Buffon returned from injury."

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