Alberto Zaccheroni tells Juventus that “fourth place is still within reach, but I won’t make promises.”
The Coach is almost certain to be axed when his contract expires at the end of the season, as the Bianconeri are in joint sixth with Napoli after two consecutive defeats.
“Juventus are working to improve the results, the collective and the position in the table,” said Zac ahead of a clash with relegation strugglers Atalanta.
“The standings are not good to look at now and we’ll have to fight until the very end, but fourth place is still within reach.
“I won’t make any promises, as it’s action that counts now, not words.”
Gianluigi Buffon and Momo Sissoko are back after missing Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at Napoli, though Mauro Camoranesi sits out a ban.
The injury list still includes Martin Caceres and Christian Poulsen with doubts over Vincenzo Iaquinta, Giorgio Chiellini and Hasan Salihamidzic.
“Now we have a little more time to train and recuperate our energy, we will see the difference on the field,” continued the Coach.
“Recently we’ve not been in the best shape for matches, so were able to disguise those problems only for the first 45 minutes. In the long run the fact we went out of the Europa League absolutely has to become a good thing.
“It burns to be out of that tournament, so we must make the most of that elimination.”
Juventus dropped a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Siena, lost 4-1 at Fulham, 1-0 at Sampdoria and threw away a 1-0 advantage to fall 3-1 at Napoli.
“I am glad to see my players left the San Paolo looking disappointed, as I’d be worried otherwise. Tomorrow is another day, we look up and face the problems of the next challenge. That is life and that is football. You fall down and get back up.”
The fans have announced a protest that will leave the Curva section of the stadium empty for tomorrow afternoon’s match.
“We must be the ones to bring our fans closer to us. Their behaviour comes from the love they have for this club and desire to always see them compete at the highest level.”