Zac: ‘Juve need morale-booster’

Posted on 13/02/2010


Alberto Zaccheroni knows full well the only thing that can raise Juventus from their crisis is a victory over Genoa.
There have been improvements since he replaced Ciro Ferrara, earning 1-1 draws with Lazio and Livorno, but the team slipped to seventh place.

“The side needs to improve its self-belief and I can see that is happening, but we also need the support of results,” said Zac.

“This squad is coming off a series of not particularly positive results, symptoms of a team in ill health and therefore in the recovery process.

“I believe we have a quality outfit with only one squad really ahead of us in those terms, but until this belief is firmly in their heads, we cannot step up a gear.

“We are going to play against an opponent we do not fear, but we do respect. Genoa have done very well in the last couple of years and I think Gian Piero Gasperini should’ve been nominated for the Panchina d’Oro award as Coach of the Year.”

Goals are proving to be a real problem for Juventus, especially Amauri, who hasn’t scored since October 28.

“A section of the side does what the other elements allow them to do, so that is even more crucial when we’re talking about a single player.

“In any case, Amauri has a great characteristic in that he plays for the team and works very hard. Even if he doesn’t score, he gives his contribution.

“He must not seek the goal like an obsession, because everyone goes through a negative streak like this and we can win games even with his assists or build-up play.”

Zac transformed Juventus with a three-man defence last week, although he insists tactics aren’t so cut and dried.

“The system is elastic and can mutate. I hear talk of three at the back, but the situation changes depending on the circumstances.”

Source: Football-Italia

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