What the papers say
February 16, 2001
Juventus Official Site
The Gazzetta dello Sport
leads with Edgar David's comments on the rumours linking Juve with Bari's
striker, Cassano. Davids states that at Juve, Cassano would only be a star
like many others. The Dutch midfielder, due to return at Bari on Sunday,
explains that:"Whilst Cassano is certainly very talented, it is necessary
to see how he will mature, for at the moment he is still very young. If
he arrived at a great team like Juve, how would he react to no longer being
clearly the best player?"
Meanwhile, Davids commented
that watching the Champions league games on the television, has only made
him more determined to do well in the championship, and therefore play
in the Champions league next year. Zambrotta has railed against so-called
bad luck, saying that: " the antidote is called the Scudetto". Finally,
it is rumoured that next year Juve will wear a kit that is more in keeping
with their traditional style.
The Corriere dello Sport
states that in the game with Bari, Ancelotti will prefer Kovacevic to Del
Piero, notwithstanding that Kovacevic has a broken nose. Del Piero will
be on the bench, entering only in the second half, even though the Serb
has trained little during the week, after the operation on his septum.
For Ancelotti, the club has
offered him a new contract, with a basic wage of two billion lire, and
bonuses tied to the club's progress in the Scudetto and the Champions league.
Tuttosport focuses on transfer
rumours, claiming that Juve are ready to offer Parma 20 billion lire and
Tacchinardi, in return for Cannavaro. Juve are also interested in Real
Madrid defender Helguera, who the club watched this week playing against
Lazio. On the subject of Cassano, Davids muses on Cassano's reaction to
being surrounded by great players, whilst Zambrotta States: "I would like
to play alongside him". Carini, Montero and O'Neill may all be involved
in the friendly against Uruguay, on the 7th of March.
Del Piero, in mourning over
the death of his father, is receiving support from everyone at the club.
Finally, the paper states
that the fans have won, as the current grey shirt will be replaced by a
more traditional blue.