Serie A news

Juve standing by Del Neri

March 6, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Juventus have vowed to stand by coach Luigi Del Neri after their defeat at home to AC Milan saw them fall 20 points behind the Serie A leaders.

Luigi Del Neri
GettyImagesLuigi Del Neri has come under pressure after three successive defeats

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Following the 1-0 victory over defending champions Inter on February 13, Juve have lost three games in succession, with Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Rossoneri preceded by 2-0 defeats to Lecce and Bologna.

However, Juve director Beppe Marotta has indicated that Del Neri will remain in charge for the foreseeable future.

"The club must make an objective analysis and understand if the coach is to blame for this situation," Marotta said. "The responsibility is to be shared out between everyone.

"We cannot just put Del Neri in the dock, so we will continue with this solution. The important thing now is to bring calm back to the squad and hope to get some players back to full fitness.

"In the next transfer session, we'll focus on international experience as well as quality.

"Unfortunately, we didn't expect to run into such a negative situation this year. There will be no revolution, as we laid the foundations for the future of Juventus this season and that includes Del Neri."

Juve defender Andrea Barzagli, a January signing from Wolfsburg, added: "Juventus are united and have faith in the coach.

"We proved that by playing in a solid and determined fashion against Milan. This is a difficult time - we're not happy and know that people expect a great deal from us. We will work with the coach to find a way out of this situation."