Hellas Verona boss Andrea Mandorlini says his team will be out to upset the odds when they take on reigning champions Juventus at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi tomorrow afternoon.
Having ended the club’s 11-year top flight exile with promotion to Serie A last season, the 53-year-old continues to work wonders in Italy’s maximum division, with Europa League football now a potential target for a team many predicted to struggle come the start of the campaign.
And after bringing a halt to a three-match losing streak with last week’s 2-1 away triumph over Sassuolo, Mandorlini says his men are looking forward to the challenge of tackling the league leaders.
Speaking to the media in Verona, he began: “We approach the game full of enthusiasm and want to give a good account of ourselves. It would be nice to gain a positive result from the game. Juventus are hard to beat, but nothing’s impossible and we’ll give it a go. They’re a strong, physical side with fine technique.”
In order to stand a chance of overcoming the high-flying visitors, Mandorlini admits his men will have to remain alert to the multiple threats posed by the Bianconeri and cut down on recent errors which have proved costly.
“The mistakes we’ve made have cost us dear in recent times, so we’ll require a perfect performance tomorrow afternoon. Pirlo? We’ll have to try and contain him in one way or another, but I think you have to aim to limit the team itself more than just individuals."
Concluding with a thought on Antonio Conte, Mandorlini expressed his admiration for the success his opposite number has enjoyed since returning to Turin as manager.
“Conte’s also worked his way up like I have and now he’s dominating in Italy. He’s done well to convey a clear idea of play to his team. Juventus have great consistency and the success they’ve enjoyed over the past couple of years isn’t down to chance.”