Delneri: We're as good as Milan
Ahead of their clash with AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday, Juventus coach Luigi Delneri insisted his players "can compete with anyone".
The Turin giants have had an inconsistent start to the 2010/11 Serie A mixing top class performances such as a 4-0 win over Lecce with poor ones such as a 3-1 home defeat to Palermo. They currently sit in fifth place on the Serie A table, seven points behind leaders Lazio and five points behind second-placed Milan.
"We've already overcome many tests and our good results have given us confidence in our own abilities," said the Juventus coach. "We know what we can do, I'm confident. We have to be convinced, we have to play to win. We've got players who can compete at any time with with anyone, tomorrow we'll prove we're at the same level as Milan. These games are won or lost thanks to the actions of great players, it will be tight."
Delneri conceded, however, that Milan's forwards, particularly Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could be tough to handle. "A lot is said about Milan's Brazilians but even if he's not Brazilian, we'll have to be wary of Ibrahimovic. He's a player with all the best characteristics a forward can have: strength, capacity, speed of execution and technique. We'll have to keep our eyes wide open," said Delneri.
Juventus will be without Serbian winger Milos Krasic when they face Milan. Krasic is serving a two-match ban for diving to win a penalty against Bologna last weekend. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus will still be dangerous in the absence of Krasic.
"There's nothing to say about the quality of players that may be missing tomorrow, we've also got similar problems. A good team always produces a good performance in difficult circumstances. It will be an intense match," Allegri said.