Gigi Del Neri throws Fabio Quagliarella in at the deep end against Bari and pledges “this will be a season of Juventus standard.”
The Bianconeri have revolutionised their squad after finishing seventh last term and make their Serie A bow at the Stadio San Nicola on Sunday.
“I think Juve have the characteristics of pace and quality that matter in modern football,” said the new Coach.
“It’s not easy to say what we are targeting exactly right now, but I can say for certain that this will be a season of Juventus standard.
“We will step out there respecting Bari, who play with intensity and a high tempo, but they’ll be facing a different Juventus compared to the past,” continued Del Neri.
“Considering the injuries to Amauri and Vincenzo Iaquinta, we are forced to play Quagliarella. Jorge Martinez can be used as a forward, but only in certain circumstances.
“Quagliarella is a player who fits in well with our attacking system. I’d like to underline the excellent work done on the transfer market by director general Beppe Marotta and the club.”
Many Bianconeri fans have protested at the late developments, such as Diego’s sale to Wolfsburg and the recent arrival of Quagliarella, Milos Krasic and Alberto Aquilani.
“It wasn’t easy to build this side. It was also important that the club time it correctly to balance the books.
“Inter are still the team to beat and have more experience as a unit, but many teams are strengthening to do well.
“Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic transform Milan? He is a big name, but a player only makes the difference if he is part of a situation that helps and motivates him.”