Juventus coach ready for second leg

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

Heading into Thursday's game at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin (8.05pm), the Italians hold a slight advantage over the Dutch giants after earning a 2-1 win in Amsterdam last week. Juve coach Alberto Zaccheroni wants no surprises and has warned his players to be fully focused. "We respected Ajax before the first leg and we have even more respect now for them," he said. "It was difficult to get a positive result in Amsterdam and my team needs to show the same determination they displayed in Holland (in Turin) tomorrow." Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sees no reason why his side cannot finish the job on Thursday. "We want to do well in the Europa League," said Buffon. "We will pick up where we left off in our game in Amsterdam. "Victories give you a boost in confidence and we need to give continuity to our result. "The season is still long and we can get satisfaction in both the domestic and European competitions." Juventus won 2-1 at Bologna on Sunday to clinch their second straight win in Serie A for the first time since November. The result lifted Juve to fourth in the standings. The Bianconeri welcome back Mauro Camoranesi after a long injury lay-off. Camoranesi has recovered from a thigh injury sustained on December 12 and is expected to start. French forward David Trezeguet is doubtful with a thigh problem while defender Hasan Salihamidzic serves a one-match ban. The hosts will fancy their chances with Ajax seeking their first win away to Juve after four failed attempts. Martin Jol's side go into the clash in buoyant mood after Sunday's 4-0 triumph over Vitesse saw them cut the deficit to Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven to seven points. Ajax lie third with 55 points collected in 24 games. "We didn't expect it would be such a walkover," admitted Jol. "Everyone did their part, and everyone wanted to score. "Now we must focus on getting a win at Juve." The visitors will be without Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who serves a one-match ban.


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