Livorno boss Domenico Di Carlo admits halting the BIanconeri’s 100 per cent Serie A home record will be a tough ask of his relegation-threatened side - but refuses to rule out springing a surprise in Turin.
The 50-year-old brings his 18th placed Amaranto oufit to Juventus Stadium in need of points as the battle for Serie A survival enters its final seven games.
But Monday’s impressive two-goal comeback against Inter provided an emphatic indication of Livorno’s fighting spirit, and Di Carlo, who joined the club in January, is calling on his players to bridge the gap with the league leaders by turning in another committed performance.
Speaking to the media in Tuscany, the tactician began: “Nothing’s impossible in football. We need to be courageous and take the game to them, aware that they’re the strongest side, but also that we’re playing them at the best possible moment.
“Juventus have once again shown themselves to be the best team in the league this season, and that’s an added motivation for us to try and do as well as we possibly can. We need to show the sacrifice and personality we displayed in the second half against Inter.”
The Cassino-born manager concluded by expressing his admiration for Antonio Conte and a current Juventus figure he worked alongside in Tuscany during the latter stages of his playing career in 2000/01.
“I would like to compliment Conte and his players who always take to the field with my kind of mentality. I played with Chiellini here at Livorno when he was 17 years old and he is someone who has since gone on to represent Italy in the right way. I hope he wins the World Cup.”