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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Juve coach blasts 'unreliable' Berbatov

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Stand-in Juventus coach Massimo Carrera has described Dimitar Berbatov - linked with a move to the Turin club over the summer - as "unreliable".

Carrera, taking the place of suspended coach Antiono Conte, hit out at Berbatov after he had joined Fulham from Manchester United on deadline day after having appeared to be on the brink of completing a move to Fiorentina.

He said: "It's the first time I have seen a situation like that. Seeing what happened, perhaps it is better that he did not join us as we are talking about an unreliable player."

Carrera said new Juventus loan signing Nicklas Bendtner was unlikely to play a part in the home game against Udinese.

He said Juve wanted to settle the Arsenal man into the picture slowly, and admitted that the uncertain financial climate in Italian football had prevented them signing some of the forward they had targeted.

"We will settle him in slowly, and he still needs to do some tests so we can ascertain his fitness levels," Carrera explained. "We will also make the most of the break for international duty to work with him in training as he is suspended for Denmark.

"He does fit our requirements for a striker, even if, due to the financial crisis, we were unable to buy the great players we tracked for a long time. We need humility, the desire to work, as we can and must improve."

Looking ahead to the Champions League meeting against Chelsea, he said it was important not to read too much into their heavy European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid.

"Chelsea did show some problems in defence, but they remain the reigning champions," he said.

"We must understand what their weaknesses are so we can face them in the best possible way. We are happy to be back in the Champions League, and will do everything to become protagonists again."

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