From the papers

February 23, 2001
Juventus Official Site

In the Gazzetta dello Sport, The Gladiator, Zinedine Zidane looks forward to the clash with AC Milan, saying "Milan is always a test of our excellence. For lovers of football, it is a fantastic match". Del Piero has started his own personal website in which he speaks about his recent bereavement, and explains: "Playing football has been the best way to react". Meanwhile, Giraudo comments on Alex's improved performances on the pitch, reflecting that "He needed time, and we had trust in him".

The Corriere dello Sport also focusses on Del Piero's website, in which he pours out his sadness. On Sunday he will start against Milan, but in the meantime he talks about a week that has profoundly affected him emotionally. This time, talking about Roma, Zidane generously comments that "They are strong and deservedly in first place in the table".

Tuttosport claims that Juve want to buy Liverpool's Michael Owen. An Italian agent has been sent over to the UK to negotiate a sale. The Liverpool striker is also wanted by Inter and Lazio.

Umberto Agnelli, concerned with existing players, however, has a boost for Inzaghi, and praises Del Piero. Zidane, however, is opposed to the new contracts, based largely on bonuses for winning.

Del Piero reveals on his new website: "I am opening my heart to Juve's fans". Meanwhile, Director General, Moggi replies ironically to some of the Roma coach's recent comments: "Capello is always right!".

Other news includes the chance to see the Juve-Milan goals on a mobile phone. This has been arranged in conjunction with H3G, in an agreement costing 120 billion lire. Finally, the Turin daily predict that, against Milan, Juve will return to playing four in midfield, with the club also ready to play Brighi.