Friday November 26 2010
Del Neri calls for no fear

Juventus boss Gigi Del Neri feels his players shouldn't be afraid to say the word Scudetto after a positive start to the season.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's grudge match against Fiorentina, Del Neri was keen to express his confidence in the Bianconeri.

Asked if the word Scudetto scares Juventus, he replied: "No, it makes us proud. It makes us honoured. It means that we are doing well and we have what it takes to realise an important objective.

"The road is long and difficult. Today we still lack around 60 points in the table [to be crowned champions]. Juve have always been convinced of the fact that we would have to have a season at the height of our means.

"The Scudetto is a long-term objective. To get there we need results in the short-term. We are concentrating on this.

"The squad is competitive. We must complete it with players coming back from injury. The squad could be perfected in January once we establish what we are missing."

Pressed on whether Juventus need a striker, he said: "It seems to me like the only team to have scored 25 goals this season is Juve. I don't regret not having a bomber up front. I am convinced that I have players capable of scoring 15 goals a season.

"We have improved a lot in defence. We concede less goals and the team covers itself better."

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