Giuseppe Marotta expressed his satisfaction after attending yet another successful gala evening held by Juventus Club Mottarone in Baveno.
The Bianconeri CEO, joined by first-team duo Andrea Barzagli and Arturo Vidal, headed north to the fringes of Lake Maggiore for last night’s 29th ‘Castagna d’Oro’ awards ceremony.
And he was full of praise for the hard work of Juventus Club Mottarone chairman Livio Maggi, whose commitment ensured the event maintained the high standards set over the years.
Speaking to journalists, Marotta began: “I’ve attended each one since I joined Juventus and always find an enthusiastic atmosphere on every occasion. This is the 29th edition and there were many excellent awards given out. The tradition continues, characterised by a great attachment to our colours.”
With Juventus three points clear at the top of the table thanks to Sunday evening’s hard-fought victory over Udinese, Marotta was asked for his assessment of the team’s current progress.
After enduring a staggered pre-season preparation phase due to the involvement of Bianconeri players in the Confederations Cup, he believes it was only a matter of time before the reigning champions were able to kick on and reach top gear.
“Sunday night’s success was down to the strong desire shown by our players and manager. We’ve always been confident, we knew we’d have to pay for our players’ involvement in the Confederations Cup. When things started to come together we saw the true Juventus. The best example of this is Llorente, who has been able to display his qualities.”
Now back in the Serie A driving seat, Antonio Conte’s men will be looking to stretch their winning run to seven Serie A games when they head south to face Bologna on Friday night.
But they will have to make do without Andrea Pirlo, whose recent scan revealed second-grade damage to the medial collateral ligament on his right knee.
Commenting on the midfield maestro’s setback, Marotta said: “It’s not a serious injury but an annoying one nonetheless. Tomorrow we’ll start the rehabilitation process, for now we can only wish him a speedy recovery.”
The director concluded by addressing those whose “tedious” criticism of Sunday’s events at Juventus Stadium threatened to overshadow what was a resounding success both for the club and Italian football as a whole.
“I find the controversy surrounding the youngsters’ chants tedious. We wanted to fill the north and south stands because it’s not the same thing playing with deserted seats. Unfortunately certain people have chosen to dwell on a small black dot rather than laud what was an enormous white sheet.”