Del Neri hits back at Ferrara: “Character has changed”

Gigi Del Neri has hit back at former Juventus Coach Ciro Ferrara who suggested yesterday that the Bianconeri had the same number of points as they did last year at this stage.
Ferrara who is now the Italy U21 boss said the Old Lady has expressed bitterness at his dismissal a number of times and pointed out that the ‘new’ Juventus had managed the same results as his side.
Del Neri however believes that much has changed in term of the team’s mentality and personality and that his Bianconeri side is a much more formidable unit than the previous seasons.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Europa League clash against Manchester City, the veteran tactian said: “We have both worked equally. The difference is the depth of character.”
“It is the mentality that makes the difference. Besides the past does not interest me much, we forget what happened and move on quietly and calmly on our way.”

The Old Lady take on the Citizens in the Europa League and many have doubted the importance of the game for either side as Juventus have already been eliminated.
But Del Neri refuses the notion that he will field a weakened side tomorrow: “We will not play young players but those who are a part of this squad and haven’t had as many opportunities to take to the field.”
“We will try and finish this group with dignity, without any suffering. We want a good workout against a team with great talents and try to win a game in this round.”

The Bianconeri’s inability to secure a single victory in the group stages saw them get eliminated in the last set of fixtures despite the team having never suffered a single defeat.
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was critical of all Italian teams in the Europa League stating that “if Italy has just three Champions League spots next season, blame it on the likes of Juventus, Palermo and others.”
However, Del Neri feels that it has not been case of his team neglecting their European fixtures but one where they have not got the results their performances warranted.
“We should use the word ‘failure’ carefully. Let me remind you that though Juve has never won it has also never been lost. We did great in Manchester and I was disappointed not to win and against Poznan we deserved more in both the games.”
“I don’t care about the ‘Italian flop’. I only think about my team and my team alone. The criticism from Galliani? When an exit is not good, it is normal and you have to endure the criticism. If you progress, you’re good, otherwise not.”

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