Zaccheroni wary of on-song Cottagers

Fulham have been one of the surprise packages of the Europa League
this year after they qualified from a group containing Serie A’s
Roma before knocking out Shakhtar Donetsk, the winners of the
competition last season in its former guise as the UEFA Cup. The
Bianconeri, who have won the competition three times, have the
better side on paper and are clear favourites to progress.
Zaccheroni only beat Hodgson once during the three spells the
62-year-old spent in Italy and he has told his team they will have
to fight hard to beat the Cottagers. “He is a very honest person.
He plays teams in a very structured system, 4-4-2,” said Zaccheroni
of Hodgson, who managed Inter Milan twice and Udinese in the 1990s.
“His teams are always successful without trying to do too much,
they just keep it simple. “We should never underestimate him and
his team. He was worked hard and has fought hard as a manager.”
Fulham’s 3-2 aggregate victory over Ukrainian side Shakhtar was a
sign for Zaccheroni of how far Hodgson has taken the Londoners
since he brought them back from the brink of relegation in 2007. “I
watched Fulham when they played Shakhtar and they were very strong
on the field,” added the former AC Milan boss. “They were arranged
very orderly and have plenty of good players so tomorrow will be a
tough match. “None of the players play for themselves, they all
play for the team they can defend really well, we all saw that from
the match in Donetsk. “They are a typical English team, they’re
very tough, they create a lot and have some excellent players who
just want to play for the team.” Zaccheroni had to conduct most of
Juventus’ training session indoors today after heavy snow hit
Turin. The game looks likely to go ahead, however, but the Old Lady
will be without key players Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and
Amauri who are all out with thigh injuries. Felipe Melo is
suspended and Zaccheroni is short of midfield cover so may have to
call upon Mohamed Sissoko and Claudio Marchisio, who are both
carrying knocks. “We have a lot of injuries and that certainly
doesn’t help,” the Juve boss said. “Ideally I’d like more than
three quarters of my squad available but some are carrying
injuries. They will just have to carry on and cope with that
unfortunately.” Juventus bounced back from their first defeat since
Zaccheroni took charge by winning at Fiorentina last weekend. David
Trezeguet was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in that match
but he is looking to make amends on Thursday. “I’m happy with my
work as part of the team at the moment and it would be a personal
victory to score tomorrow. I definitely want to score,” the
Frenchman said. Despite the injury crisis, Zaccheroni is still
likely to rotate some of his first-choice players. Trezeguet denies
that is a sign that Juventus are not taking the competition
seriously. “I think it’s a really important championship for us,”
the striker said. “This is an important match and we have to give
respect to this team that we are playing tomorrow. “They managed to
beat the last team to win the cup and we absolutely respect them
for this and I hope that we can go on and win. “We are in the right
frame of mind to be able to win after our win in Florence.”
Kick-off is at 8.05pm.