Trezeguet optimistic on every front
Notwithstanding their 4-3 UEFA Champions League defeat by
Celtic FC last Wednesday and a five-match Serie A run without
a win, Juventus FC are still a force to be reckoned with, according
to the club's French international striker David Trezeguet.
When he spoke to uefa.com this week, Trezeguet sounded bullish
about Juve’s Champions League chances this season .
|Trez scored 6 goals in 6
games in the 1st group stage of the Champions League to
help Juventus qualify
He said: "As far as the Champions League was concerned,
the important thing for us was to have qualified with a game
in hand and top of the group "We've done well in the
Champions League, playing at a very high level but then you
pay for that in the league. Yet, even if you could call our
recent Serie A form and our position a little critical, in
the end we're not worried because we are not that far from
the top of the table and because we can improve and start
to play in Serie A at the same level as in the Champions League."
Trezeguet offers a two-fold explanation for the indifferent
form which currently sees Juve in sixth place, six points
behind surprise leaders, AC Chievo Verona. As well as stressing
the difficulty of doing well in both the Champions League
and the domestic league, he also points out that this year's
Juventus is a much-changed side. The departure of midfield
wizard Zinedine Zidane and the arrival of Czech midfielder
Pavel Nedved, goalkeeper Gigi Buffon and French defender Lillian
Thuram, not to mention the return of coach Marcello Lippi,
all mean that the club are still in the midst of a reconstruction
Trezeguet says: "It's difficult to do well in both competitions,
it is a question of physical well-being and its hard to be
at your best every three days. Then too, with the departure
of Zidane, the team has obviously become less "technical"
even if it has become a team of a certain athletic commitment."
He adds: "Obviously, this season has been difficult because
it is not just that Zidane played to a tremendously high level
here for five years but it is also the fact that Juventus
depended on him a great deal. Therefore it has been doubly
difficult for us since we've had to change both system and
players. Juve used to play a 4-3-1-2 in which a great player
like Zidane was the playmaker behind two front strikers, Now,
we're playing a 4-4-2 with two wide men in midfield. To make
that change in just two months is very difficult."
|Trezeguet lost Zidane over
the summer, instead he gained new competition for his
spot in Salas
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old is convinced that Juventus are
good enough to win the Champions League and he points to one
of the new arrivals, his compatriot and French team-mate Thuram,
as proof of his theory, saying: "Look at Thuram, he's
one of the best defenders in the world but he left [Parma
AC] and came here, I think, because he realised that he'd
never win the Champions League with them because he knows
that Juventus have very high ambitions."
World Cup form
The scorer of six goals in the Champions League and three
in Serie A so far this season, Trezeguet appears to be maintaining
a reasonable strike rate in this FIFA World Cup finals season,
as he works to hold on to his squad place with the reigning
World Champions. The man who came on as a substitute to score
the winning "golden goal" in the EURO 2000"
final against Italy, is convinced that France remain as strong
as ever, even if they are currently denied anything more than
He said: "Obviously, it's very difficult for us at the
moment because friendlies are friendlies but we're in very
good shape, all the same, in good shape technically, physically
and mentally and I'd say we've every chance of winning the
"[Laurent] Blanc and [Didier] Deschamps have gone but
they've been replaced by players with a huge drive to win.
If we build on the spirit of EURO 2000", then I'd have
to be very optimistic about the World Cup finals."
This article is entitled from "Trezeguet optimistic on
every front", taken from UEFA
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