Juventus‘ season has been so bad that not even a Europa League win will wipe away the disappointment in Turin, says Alessandro Del Piero.
“Winning the Europa League? We cannot look that far ahead, and if I was to make a definitve analysis then that would not be enough to get over the disappointment of not having challenged for the Scudetto,” he told La Stampa.
“The league standings says it all. It has been a particular year for us, but I hope that we have matured after all that has happened and I hope these things do not repeat themselves at Juventus in future.
“We are yet to come out of the tunnel, but we have started to get some results.”
Juventus are scrapping to salvage their season as they aim for a top-four finish. Tomorrow’s game with Fiorentina will be the margin with which all European ambition is based.
“The league is still full of traps and there are teams that know how to play and put you in difficulty,” he added.
“There is Palermo, Napoli, and tomorrow we have Fiorentina, who did not deserve to lose against Milan and Roma, and we all saw what happened with Bayern Munich. I hope they [Fiorentina] are thinking about the cup [Champions League].”
On Thursday Del Piero revealed he was still dreaming of playing at the World Cup, and he is drawing hope from a similar scenario in 2008.
“I am in the same situation as two years ago. I hardly played in the qualifiers, but then [Roberto] Donadoni call me up for the European Championships. For me this is the analogy,” he concluded.