Del Neri determined to awaken Juve
Luigi Del Neri has insisted Juventus can get back to competing on all fronts next season. The 59-year-old took over the Bianconeri reins last week after replacing the departed Alberto Zaccheroni, and he is ready to bring back a "winning mentality" to the Turin club, who suffered a highly disappointing campaign.
"Clubs like Juve or Milan have the duty to point to every single important aim," Del Neri told Tuttosport. "Juve have to think in this way and must have the strength to believe they can make it happen.
"We need to work very hard to obtain the best possible results. An important step for Juve is to regain its credibility, which is what the club wants, and I will give my all for this to happen."
Del Neri left Sampdoria last week having guided them to a fourth-placed finish in Serie A in his first season at the club. He turned down the chance to lead Samp in the UEFA Champions League next term, and will have to settle for UEFA Europa League football with Juventus instead. However, the former Chievo and Roma coach admitted that he could not turn down the chance to lead one of Europe's top clubs.
"For me this is a stimulating challenge because it offers the possibility to cement my career at the highest level," Del Neri said. "It's a starting point for me as I aim to obtain results that so far I have not achieved in the past."
For the second year in a row, Juventus, who have a record 27 scudetti, finished the season empty-handed. Under Zaccheroni, who replaced the sacked Ciro Ferrara earlier this year, they endured a dismal run, losing four of their last seven Serie A games to finish a disappointing seventh and miss out on the Champions League.
"Juve have had a difficult year for various reasons, " Del Neri said. "I don't believe a group of champions and a club like this one needs a makeover. I speak of an improvement but not of starting over."