Sunday May 22 2011
Del Neri: 'Impossible to win with Juve'

Gigi Del Neri blamed the media for their “damaging” effect on Juventus and warned nobody can succeed immediately here.

“Am I going to Atalanta? No, to the Maldives on holiday. I don't know what I'm going to do in future. In life when one door closes, another always opens,” he said after the 2-2 draw with Napoli.

The Bianconeri have already confirmed that Del Neri will not see out the remaining year of his contract, as Antonio Conte will be appointed on Monday.

“It was a very complicated season with problems that kept coming up, above all injuries, so this squad could do no more than it did. The Coach pays the price, but we all gave our best.

“Here the project is to win, so there was no time to construct a squad at Juventus. I thank the club for this opportunity, which has helped me to grow and I hope it can be a positive experience.

“The difficult thing to deal with was a club and fans who wanted to win straight away despite many changes. The two simply are not compatible.”

Del Neri's dismissal became inevitable when Juventus failed to even qualify for the Europa League, as the last tactician to miss out (apart from the Calciopoli campaigns) was Gigi Maifredi.

“After three consecutive defeats we were still in the running, but due to a series of elements we were unable to get there.

“The media went against the reality of the situation and proved very damaging for the team. We were not allowed the time to relax and concentrate.

“Many of the Juventus players this season were having their first experience under such a strong spotlight. In my view, all of them can have a place in Turin next season.

“If you want to build a team, then it takes time, otherwise if you want to immediately challenge Real Madrid or Bayern Munich then you have to buy fully-formed stars.”

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