Del Neri gives Sturm Graz respect

Posted on 08/08/2010


Gigi Del Neri has warned Juventus not to underestimate Europa League opponents Sturm Graz.

The Austrians are the final obstacle to the competition proper and were considered one of the weaker sides in the draw.

“They are a team that must not be underestimated,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I know that Sturm finished in fourth place last season, so it will be a challenge with many hidden dangers.

“We have to face this fixture with the right attitude. Let’s not forget the Europe Factor is always important and allows a side to raise their game for the big occasion.”

Juve comfortably saw off Shamrock Rovers 3-0 on aggregate in the preliminary round.

Although Diego started both legs, it was a stunning Alessandro Del Piero goal that sealed the return scoreline.

“In a big squad it is normal to have important players who take on the same role,” explained Del Neri.

“There is healthy competition and whoever is in the best shape will be chosen to play. There is absolutely no problem in dealing with Del Piero.

“I will not set limits for this team. The objective is simply to win and if you do that, then you tend to get a good final result.”

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