Alberto Zaccheroni Bemoans Defensive Frailties

Posted on 18/03/2010


Juventus coach Alberto Zaccheroni was extremely disappointed after the Bianconeri were bundled out of the Europa League at the hands of Fulham by a 5-4 aggregate scoreline.

Zaccheroni launched a stinging attack on his defence, stating that it needs to improve drastically.

“There is no doubt that our defence needs to be improved,” the tactician told La Repubblica. “It is a shame because we really wanted to progress to the next round of the tournament.

“We had scored first, and were playing well, but the sending-off of [defender Fabio] Cannavaro gave them the lift they needed. They began to pressure us, and we suffered.

“Overall, they were much better than us, and they had the will to play a dynamic match.”

Zaccheroni also had to explain why he chose to leave Bianconeri captain Alessandro Del Piero on the bench, and bring him on late in the match as a substitute.

“I wanted to avoid playing him twice within a few days. Everyone else was ready to go, except for [Vincenzo] Iaquinta, who sustained a back injury during the warm-up.

“The team was doing well with two players behind the striker, but this was when it was 11 versus 11.

“Even with 10 players, we should have done better. It is frustrating to go out of the tournament in this way.


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