Roberto Donadoni is confident his players will produce the right response to their midweek defeat in Genoa when they square up with Juventus on Saturday evening.
Last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Milan left the Gialloblu optimistic of breaking away from the congested pack of teams currently occupying a mid-table spot, only to be brought back down to earth by a 1-0 reverse at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
But the 50-year-old, who is in his second full season with the club, says he has witnessed his players’ desire to put their recent setback behind them by stretching their three-game winning streak on home soil.
Speaking to the media from the team’s training base, Donadoni began: “There’s a healthy anger to put things right after Genoa. We didn’t deserve to lose, but we know we’ve got to produce something extra. We’re in fairly good shape, having rotated five players on Wednesday night, and I think I’ll have everyone available for tomorrow’s game.”
Standing between the hosts and all three points, however, are Antonio Conte’s Juventus. Two wins in as many games have enabled the Bianconeri to keep snapping at the heels of league leaders Roma, and Donadoni knows his players must be on their game if they are to prove a match for the reigning champions.
He added: “A high-level performance is required against Juventus. This is one of those games that motivates everyone concerned. We’ll be up against the best team of the past two years according to the statistics, but what interests me is the present day and the quality at their disposal. Conte’s team are enjoying an extremely strong start to the championship season, they’ve got the Champions League in midweek but first they have to face us.”