From the papers
February 19, 2001
Juventus Official Site
Today's papers are full of
praise for Alessandro Del Piero after yesterday's 0-1 win for the Bianconeri
away to Bari.
The Gazzetta dello Sport
leads on Alex Del Piero's winning goal against Bari. His entrance after
an hour was decisive, it reports, and allowed the player a moment of joy
following the sad death of his father. The victory maintains the narrow
gap between Juve and top of the table Roma, and after a quiet spell, reinstates
Del Piero as a major player for the Bianconeri.
Del Piero says he is happy
about the goal, both for himself and for the team: it has been nearly a
year since he scored in two consecutive games. Ferrara muses that despite
playing well for some time already, it is the fact of scoring which makes
people sit up and notice. Fonseca reiterates the view, further adding how
great it is to play again following a painful period.
The Corriere dello Sport
similarly reports the come back and consequent delight of Del Piero. The
theme is emotive, of rediscovering a player whose status as a champion
seemed finished. Juve were seen to defuse the anticipated threat from young
Bari star Cassano, springing back from the troubles of a difficult week.
The Bianconero coach nonetheless
has praise for Bari, and apologies for a disappointing performance. Admitting
that whilst Juve did not shine, he admits that gaining the three points
is what really counts.
Exhaltations and happiness
for Del Piero also in Tuttosport. The Turin daily reminds us that the 0-1
win at Bari keeps Juve on Roma's heels in the Championship. Juve celebrate
and Ancelotti congratulates Del Piero on a return to form.
There is also an eye on the
transfer market, with fresh speculations around a move north for Bari's
Cassano. Moggi admits the young player is good, but loyally declares that
Juve's own star, Alex, is better.