Sunday April 17 2011
Del Neri: 'Juve did what we had to'

Gigi Del Neri insists Juventus “did what we had to do” in Florence and praised transfer target Riccardo Montolivo.

“We fought for 90 minutes to win and did not take the opportunities that we created,” he said of the 0-0 draw with Fiorentina.

“We worked hard and did what we had to do. In the first half we struggled a little more, but Fiorentina have important players like Alberto Gilardino, Montolivo, Juan Manuel Vargas and Adrian Mutu.

“We had some great chances to score, including one very clear one with Leonardo Bonucci. We did our duty.”

A Champions League spot now appears to be implausible, as Juve fell eight points behind fourth-placed Lazio.

“We just have to take it one game at a time, trying to win them all.”

Del Neri was asked about Fiorentina star Montolivo, who has been linked with Juve as a replacement for Alberto Aquilani next season.

“Montolivo has important quality and is a great player, but Aquilani did well today and I don't think there's a huge difference between them. They could well play together as well.”

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