Claudio Ranieri admits he would have preferred taking on Chelsea with Phil Scolari still at the helm.
“When a Coach leaves, there is always the desire to fight back and prove the critics wrong,” explained the Juventus boss after watching Guus Hiddink’s debut win at Aston Villa.
“Today they had another tempo to their game. We know that we are facing a tank, one of the contenders for the Final, but we are going there to play our football with humility and also the belief we can do well.
“I don’t meant to criticise Scolari, but I would always play two strikers like [Didier] Drogba and [Nicolas] Anelka. Having said that, people keep telling me I should field a trident, so there are always complaints!
“I watched Chelsea today and noticed Hiddink has given the team a good way of keeping possession and more cross-field passes.”
Ranieri had time to view the Premiership match ahead of tonight’s 2-0 Serie A victory away to Palermo.
“We played well against a tough opponent. The first half was exceptional from both sides, while in the second half we had good bursts of play, but should’ve dealt with the ball better, especially on counter-attacks.”
David Trezeguet marked his full comeback with a goal set up by Amauri, silencing critics who said the two forwards could not form a partnership.
“There is absolutely no problem in them playing together,” insisted Ranieri.
Mauro Camoranesi is also back from injury, but seemed very tired and could barely keep up with the Palermo players.
“Camoranesi has just returned and is not the player we all know, but he is improving. The only way he can gain match fitness is by playing.
“Recently we had been conceding too many goals and could not perform the right movement. The first thing I asked the lads was to see defence and midfield very close together and acting as a unit.”
Match this wed. live on ART sports for arab watchers, @ 9:45 PM Egyptian time.
FORZA GRANDE JUVE! hopefully we score there in England, if we don't score, we will be out, simple as that, we usually concede and risking a 0-0 or 1-0 win for Chelsea to take back in Italy is very dangerous.
Looking forward to this..even if trez anc amo are not fully fit, at least they are there to offer something if need be.
Del piero and Amauri will start upfront. not sure who will partner momo in the middle but we know camo and nedved will take the wings. toobig of a game for ranieri to gamble giovinco starting. Although Giovinco will definitely surprise Chelsea if he was played.
I'd be happy with a draw, but we must score..a 0-0 result will leave us with a problem in the return leg.
Actually come to think of it, we are likely to see a classic counter attacking style against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This is going to be difficult to sustain especially as Hiddink is going to play with 2 center forwards.
I predict a match where Chelsea have 60%+ possession and constantly bombard our goal. They will end up winning by 1 or 2 goals.
Did anyone watch their last match - Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea ?
Villa play 4-4-2 for most of the game, and Ashley Young (extremely pacey winger) gave Alex alot of trouble in defense. Peter Cech was very solid too, made some good saves.
For the first part of the 2nd half Villa improved their game, and had some half/chances against Peter Cech. I think the substitution bringing on John Carew (4-3-3) made matters worse though, and Chelsea managed to hold on to their lead.
Basically - my impression from their last match, is that they look very very difficult to break down. You need to rely on speed, thru-passing, and some creativity to score against these guys. Forget crosses, Terry, Ferreira, Alex are all their to clear it out...that's if Cech doesn't catch it.
And I know Juve will be relying on wing-play. I foresee a very frustrating match from a Juve-fan perspective.