Del Piero: ‘Juve cannot fail’

Posted on 15/08/2010


Alessandro Del Piero has warned Juventus they “cannot fail” in the Europa League play-off against Sturm Graz.

The Bianconeri lost both games in the Trofeo TIM mini-tournament with Inter and Milan this week.

“Losing is never pleasant at any stage of the season, but in the summer it’s essential to give the right value to defeats,” wrote the captain on his personal website.

“At this point the result counts for very little, especially in that kind of tournament with 45-minute games.

“What is important, however, is to continue working to improve and develop what went well. After all, that is what these friendly tests are for, both on a personal level and for the team.”

Juventus are the only Italian club to have already started their official 2010-11 season, beating Shamrock Rovers 3-0 on aggregate in the Europa League preliminary round.

They now face Austrians Sturm Graz in another play-off to reach the competition proper.

“Our concentration is entirely focused on the double encounter with Sturm Graz that can give us access to the Europa League,” continued Del Piero.

“This is the primary objective we have set ourselves and we cannot fail.”

The first leg is on Thursday evening in Austria.