Zaccheroni expecting improvement

BY foxsports • February 18, 2010

After a first win in three games since taking over as coach of Juventus, Alberto Zaccheroni is expecting further improvement when his side travels to Bologna on Sunday.

Juventus beat Genoa 3-2 last time out with club captain Alessandro Del Piero scoring a brace after Amauri headed Juventus' first. It was a controversial win though. Genoa claimed that Sokratis Papastathopoulos' foul on Del Piero that led to the winning penalty took place outside the area.

"We aren't starting right and we are not concentrating in defense" Zaccheroni said. "It is one of many problems that we need to resolve."

Zaccheroni only took over from Ciro Ferrara after Juventus was eliminated from the Italian Cup in late January, but by then the team's confidence had been badly hit by defeats at home to AC Milan and AS Roma.

Midfielder Diego has come in for particular criticism after he lost his early season form, but Zaccheroni feels the entire team needs to show its true capabilities.

"He's not at his best, as the others aren't," Zaccheroni said. "Here we have players who have won a lot, including world champions. But these guys are always under pressure and everyone has an opinion on their mistakes. My job is to make them play their best every game."

Roma in second place meets Catania at home, with the aim of doing what it can to close the seven point gap to league leader Inter Milan.

In the last round of games Claudio Ranieri's side beat Palermo 4-1 at home to take its unbeaten run in the league to 14 matches.

"We have a month and then we'll see (what happens)," defender Juan said. "Inter is a great team and Mourinho is a great coach, but everyone has its weak spots. Regardless we have to win because AC Milan and Napoli are close behind.

"It is difficult to say (what will happen)," Juan said. "Inter's matches against Sampdoria, Genoa and Palermo won't be easy, but that said we have to play Milan and Napoli."

Inter plays host to Sampdoria and welcomes midfielder Dejan Stankovic back to the squad after more than a month out with a calf injury.

Sampdoria's confidence will be high after a 2-0 win over Fiorentina last time out put it behind Napoli in fourth place on goal difference.

"We are taking it day by day," Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri said. "We didn't aim for the Champions League at the start of the season as that would have put too much pressure on us. Now we have our best players back, but we don't want to look too far ahead."

Also Sunday, it is; Genoa vs. Udinese; Atalanta vs. Chievo Verona; Cagliari vs. Parma; Fiorentina vs. Livorno; Palermo vs. Lazio; Siena vs. Napoli; Bari vs. AC Milan.


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