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Lippi looks to the future Sunday 12 May, 2002

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Marcello Lippi has won the Scudetto but is already planning the new Juventus for next season.


One of the key players for the new campaign will be Igor Tudor. “He was a revelation for us,” explained the Coach. “As a midfielder he proved himself to be a world class player.”


The Croatian defender was forced to adapt to this new role when Edgar Davids was banned for a positive nandrolone test, but a succession of injuries damaged the rest of his season. A recent knee injury may force him out of the 2002 World Cup.


“We were missing Tudor for much of the season, but the new Juventus will start from him.”


Among all the rumours involving deals for Fabio Cannavaro, Juan Sebastian Veron and Cristiano Doni, Lippi pointed out the certainties in this side.


“For now we have at our disposal Antonio Chimenti (ex-Lecce ‘keeper, ndr), Davide Baiocco (Perugia midfielder, ndr), Matteo Brighi (Under-21 star returning from loan spell at Bologna, ndr), Salvatore Fresi (whose contract with Bologna expired this summer, ndr) and Fabrizio Miccoli (talented Ternana forward and free kick specialist, ndr). They have the technical and psychological qualities to be part of a squad that will include 24 or 25 men.”


Despite losing the Coppa Italia Final to Parma on Friday, the Bianconeri boss prefers to celebrate their 26th Scudetto.


“Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet were extraordinarily prolific, while Antonio Conte and Ciro Ferrara gave fantastic support. To think,” said Lippi, “that before November Ferrara must have played no more than ten minutes.”


The 35-year-old was set to leave the club this summer, but his impressive campaign in defence convinced Juve to extend his contract.


Del Piero was moved to the wing and even behind the front two during the many tactical experiments this season, but the Coach assures his place is secure.


“Alex is a striker, albeit one with a very personal way of interpreting that role. It isn’t out of the question that he could be moved back occasionally, but his place is beside Trezeguet.”


Some claim that it is the absence of the Zinedine Zidane style midfielder that allowed Juventus to adapt more readily to suit different situations.


“I have always loved a team that can play in many different ways,” concluded Lippi, “even during the same game.”
 

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Tudor a revelation in midfield.... HE IS A DEFENDER!!!!!!!!!! WE don't see Tudor making dribbles, we don't see Tudor split defences with great passes. He is awesome, but he doesn't provide us with more offensive options in midfield. He simply doesn't.

Miccoli may be an exciting signing- it remains to be seen at A-level, but Fresi and Baiocco are defensive players. Chimenti a fine (free) solution for sub keeper. All this squad needs is more attacking flair in midfield. If we don't get it... I will go beserk.

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yeah, Glenn is right!

Miccoli isnt a signing worth mentioning really. he hasnt even played in Serie A yet. What makes him so special. I mean, we have gone from signing Mutu to signing Miccoli, thats a huge difference.

Fresi is good back up for the defence.

Brighi is great and Baiocco will prove his worth. But they are not real attacking midfielders, they are more defedning and central midfielders.

Tudor is a defender, simple as that. in that formation we play, he doesnt really have the ability to split the midfield with passes etc...its just like having Tacchinardi there, they are the same. But Tudor is one of the best defenders going around, and he should be there, even if it means changing formations to get him in the defence.

we need a Doni typr player to help Nedved attack!!
 

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just quickly.....what makes Miccoli any more special than say Guzman or our other youth players??????

Lippi said that he is capable of making the senior squad, and yet, guzman and Pericard are not???

why?
 

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CUG: What makes Miccoli a more logical prospect (even if I think he won't be playing with Juve next season- I think he will be a trade item) is that he has been playing senior football, and has done so not only well, but exceptionally well at serieB level, being rated the highest of all serie B forwards and scoring 15 goals for a poor side. You simply cannot compare serie B and the Primavera.

Clearly- Guzman has talent, but players like Kallon, Mutu and countless others didn't immediately break in at a big side or proved to be stars. They went on loan and developed their potential where they could play. Guzman could be kept at Juve, but he would not play anywhere but coppa Italia with DP, Trez and Salas ahead of him. It will be better for both Juve and Guzman to get some regular time. The same goes for Miccoli of course, but he HAS more experience.

Finally- I don't know if you have the opportunity to actually see the Primavera games, but as far as senior performances are concerned- Guzman had the CL game against Arsenal and did nothing whatsoever. Zalayeta was much more effective, and even if I think (from reports) that Guzman has more talent and potential, he will need to nurture it at a higher level before he can make a difference with a big team.

On the rest I agree with you of course. I just think you'll have to consider Miccoli a purchase aimed at getting someone else really.

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Miccoli bait for Mutu?

My fiancee always argues that you need a different kind of forward for Serie B - a real workhorse, since the season is so long.

A proven scorer in B might be the ideal bait for Verona, since they are heading that way - I really doubt that Mutu's contact would lack an "out" clause in the event of relegation.
 

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The rumour about Lippi following Placente was also reported by Soccerage.

1) it's not so sure that Juve will play a 3 men backline
2) why will they start following midfielders?
 

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Brighi back to impress at Juventus
Posted by Alex | onefootball.com

Midfielder Matteo Brighi is ready to stake his claim at Juventus after being recalled to the Stadio delle Alpi after an impressive season at Bologna. "I am ready to play for Juventus," the Italy Under-21 international said.

Brighi joined Juve from Rimini two years ago, but played just 11 times for the Bianconeri before being sent to Bologna where he has thrived under coach Francesco Guidolin.

At the Renato Dall 'Ara he was soon commanding a regular spot in Guidolin's starting XI and has also established himself as one of the leading lights of Italy's Under-21 side.

"My year with Bologna has been very important and I have to thank Guidolin for that," he said. "I am now more experienced. I understand the difference between playing regularly and sitting on the substitute's bench."

So far has Brighi's stock risen this season that he is now considered one of Italy's biggest hopes for the future, but for the 21-year-old, winning a place in the Juve side is his immediate priority.

"I am very pleased by what people have said, but they are only words," he said. "I want to work hard to earn a place in Juventus' starting eleven.

"It will be difficult because I will be playing in the team that won the Scudetto. But I am different now. I am no longer the boy I was two years ago. I am calmer now, and I will have no fear of playing in the Champions' League, for example."
 
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