Chievo boss Eugenio Corini acknowledges his team will be in for a tough test when the reigning champions travel to visit the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday evening.
Having hauled the Gialloblu to safety last year, the 44-year-old is eager to achieve a more comfortable finish this time around, but admits his side couldn’t have been handed a sterner opening to their campaign.
Addressing the media in Verona, Corini began: “We’re up against an opponent who ran away with the league title last season, regardless of the competition from a very strong Roma side.”
The Lombardy-born tactician, who returned to the Chievo dugout in November 2013, believes the Bianconeri have continued to build on a winning platform, citing the recruits of Patrice Evra, Romulo and Alvaro Morata as intelligent forays into the summer transfer market.
“The only difference about this Juve team is the change in manager. The structure and personnel of the squad has remained the same and they’ve made quality signings in the form of Evra, Romulo and Morata, even if the latter is unavailable.”
Chievo have enjoyed an active recruitment drive themselves, bringing in 16 fresh faces in their bid to bolster a side that evaded the Serie A trap door by just four points last season.
And, after praising the club’s determination to reverse last year’s slide, Corini concluded with a rallying cry for the upcoming campaign.
“Thanks to the great work from everyone at the club, we’ve tried to make wholesale changes in order to breathe new life into the squad. Now we just need to pull together and I’m expecting great support from the fans this season”.