Alessandro Del Piero reassured Juventus fans of their Champions League hopes. “We’ve been slapped around, but haven’t given up.”
The Bianconeri are now in joint sixth place with Napoli following one point from three games against Siena, Sampdoria and Napoli.
“We haven’t given up. I have not given up,” wrote the captain on his official website.
“We’ve been slapped around, but it is not over and if we look at the table then we’re still standing.
“Only three points adrift of fourth place with eight rounds to until the end of the season.
“These are the statistics we should keep to heart. There are 24 points available and we are only four behind the Champions League places.
“This is not trying to justify what happened up until now, but the only way to turn this situation around is to start from our own minds.”
Juve face Atalanta on Sunday and are boosted by news striker Javier Ernesto Chevanton will be out for a month.
The Uruguayan suffered a thigh strain in his left leg and joins the suspended Cristiano Doni in the stands.