Monday, July 7, 2008

Ranieri launches Juventus "The Title Is Not Taboo"

It’s already time for Juventus to get together. Ranieri: "I am very satisfied with the transfers. We must be ambitious right from the Champions League qualifiers.” Blanc: “Xabi Alonso? The midfielder is a 30 million investment. We need to assess him.”

VINOVO (Turin), 4 July 2008 – Everyone concentrated on the league. Juventus have quickly agreed their targets for the season. Claudio Ranieri’s words were endorsed by Jean Claude Blanc and each player in turn. Juventus have had a year's grace in which to work out how to return to the top. Now the aim is to triumph again. Blanc and Ranieri are aiming to win the championship without ignoring the Champions League. These are the club’s targets announced during the presentation of the new season’s shirts.

RANIERI - “We don’t have any taboos, not even the championship. We must be ambitious. We could have done it last year. This year we are aiming to win the title. I hope that this year’s team is not very different to last year’s. We need to improve and new arrivals will bring moral, technical and fighting spirit to an already competitive group of players. Regarding reinforcements I can say that we are only missing a second goalkeeper and a midfielder. We’ll choose a midfielder who’ll give me the option of changing things around. Someone like Stankovic? He is an all round quality player. He can play all midfield roles and is complete. The bad mood of some fans will pass after a couple of excellent performances. The three youngsters back from loan will be decisive. I don’t take age into account when choosing who to send onto the pitch. Giovinco had a great season with Empoli and is someone who knows how to beat a man and score.”

BLANC - “We always aim to do our utmost and to improve. We came third last year. That means that this year we should be second or first. We entered the transfer market in January with Mellberg and Sissoko. Then Amauri has further strengthened an already competitive forward line and none of the others will be leaving. With Giovinco, De Ceglie and Marchisio we are continuing with our project of going for young Italian players. The contract renewals for Nedved and Chiellini have been important while Ekdal was bought with the future in mind. After Knezevic we are looking for a second goalkeeper and a midfielder. Xabi Alonso is one of the names mentioned, but before deciding we must assess him carefully: an investment of between 10 and 30 million euros is an important matter. We’ll take someone whose technical qualities best suit this Juventus team.”

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