With back-to-back title triumphs sewn up courtesy of yesterday’s 1-0 home success over Palermo, Giuseppe Marotta took the opportunity to reflect on the giant strides made by the Bianconeri during this morning’s exclusive interview with ‘Radio Anch’io Sport’.
Since arriving at Juventus in May 2010, Marotta has overseen an impressive blueprint which has restored the club as a competitive force both on and off the field of play.
The on-field results are clear for all to see, while the painstaking work undertaken in providing the team with a home that befits their status (Juventus Stadium) and fierce commitment to the all-round development of academy prospects (Juventus College) should never be underestimated.
But before discussing the club’s overall standing in Europe, Marotta began by extolling the virtues of Antonio Conte, whose remarkable achievements have fast-tracked the team to instant on-field success.
The club CEO said:“There’s an excellent rapport with Antonio and we speak on a daily basis. It’s inevitable that there will be an element of reflection when a professional reaches important goals in such a short space of time.
“This comes from their love for the job and respect for the club they work for. There’s always a high level of expectation at Juventus and after two titles these expectations are now even higher.
“However, winning is neither guaranteed nor straightforward and I think that’s the message he wanted to send out over the past few days. We’ve created a model over the past few years, also from a tactical point of view, not based on individuals, but the collective. The statistics state that we’re still the championship’s most prolific team and have the strongest defence.
“The German model is difficult to reach in the short term, not just for Juventus, but for every European team. It’s something that’s been built over many years, their gate receipts are practically double ours and therefore they have an important budget available to them. They’re a reference point, but also represent an exceptional case in our world.”
Yesterday’s victory saw Juventus seal successive Scudetto triumphs for the first time since the 2004/05 and 2005/06 campaigns - titles that were later revoked following the Calciopoli process.
“History doesn’t erase itself and there’s still a great deal of mystery surrounding Calciopoli. Juventus paid dearly for what happened and still today, given that judicial procedures are still ongoing, the club has the obligation to ask that clarity is observed throughout.”