03.10.2016 12:30 - in: The team S

      Marotta: “Juve aiming big as ever”

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      Bianconeri CEO Giuseppe Marotta gives his verdict on the club’s start to the 2016/17 season

      The day after watching Juventus defeat Empoli to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table to four points, Bianconeri CEO Giuseppe Marotta discussed a number of topics to have stood out during the start of the current campaign.

      Here follow his standout quotes from today’s interview with Radio Rai.

      Leading the way

      “Juventus aims to play a leading role in every competition it takes part in. Our trophy cabinet proves that. It’s therefore to be expected that we’re considered among the favourites for the title again this term.

      “Our defence remains our main strength this year. Four goals conceded is evidence that we’ve the best rearguard in Serie A. The foundations of any winning team begin with backline solidity. If you have that then you can build more easily in midfield and up front.”

      Solidity the secret to success

      “Solidity is a concept that is embraced daily by the club, the coach and his staff. The team strikes the perfect balance between youth and experience because we know that the top teams keep their players for four years on average.

      “Ours is a winning blend, which allows us to maintain extremely high standards and also help new faces to bed in. Proof of our strength and toughness of character are extremely clear when you consider our comeback to win the title last season after a difficult start. We’re continuing to aim big this term too, but, as ever, what matters most are our performances on the pitch.”

      Boss doing the business

      “Massimiliano Allegri is doing a great job, not only as a coach, but a manager of the group. Besides the tactical nous, being able to handle the psychological aspect of the role is crucial, not least to make the whole team understand that, given the sheer number of games both at club and international level, there are opportunities for everyone to play. It’s important for them to be patient and show commitment throughout.”

      Gigi and Claudio

      “Fortunately, it’s Gianluigi Buffon’s wish to keep his playing career going. When he does decide to hang up his gloves, our problem won’t merely be that of replacing Juventus’ goalkeeper but rather the best ever between the sticks in world football. We’re already looking for a player who meets the right kind of profile to eventually replace him.

      “Claudio Marchisio is back training with the first-team and will undergo specific tests in the coming days, after which he’ll get a game with the Primavera and he can consider himself ready to return to action in earnest.”

      Achievements off the pitch

      “Running parallel with the Bianconeri’s successes on the field is the club’s growth in terms of economic and financial sustainability.

      “The fact that Juventus’ net profit has grown from 153 to 341 million euros between 30 June 2011 and 30 June 2016 has clearly increased our ability to invest in the team and improve its overall quality.

      “Our continuous participation in the Champions League is also fundamental from a financial perspective, but even more so in terms of developing our appeal abroad. In this sense President Andrea Agnelli is doing a great job to protect not just Juventus but Italian football as a whole.”

      Serie A reforms

      “Regarding the proposed league reforms, we believe that Serie A should be reduced to 18 teams, due to the significant number of fixtures already played between club and international football, which has made it possible for players to be involved in as many as 55 matches per year.”

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