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Del Piero in doubt for Genoa clash

SoccerNews in Serie A 10 Apr 2011

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Luigi Delneri is hoping not to make substantial changes to a winning team when Juventus host Genoa in Serie A on Sunday.

Juve secured an impressive 2-0 win away to Roma last week and now tackle mid-table Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.

Veteran forward Alessandro Del Piero – who missed the Roma match – remains in doubt due to a thigh injury.

But on-loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who did not participate fully in training during the past week, is expected to retain his place.

“The line-up won’t be that different from last Sunday’s,” Juve coach Delneri said.

“Having seen Alessandro (Del Piero’s) condition today I don’t think he can start the match.”

“From a tactical point of view I think it will be important to have a player near (Alessandro) Matri to help him.”

“And (Milos) Krasic’s qualities were very important on Sunday, he created a lot of problems for the Roma defence.”

“(Marco) Motta is fine, as for Aquilani, it’s just a precaution. He’s tired but then he has played a lot recently for both Juventus and the national team, so we wanted to let him rest for a bit after the Roma game.”

Delneri was more than satisfied with his team’s performance during their victory over Roma and called on the players to control possession again when they take on Genoa.

“I have to say that apart from winning the match something else I’m pleased with was the quality in our attack, which not many people noticed,” he said.

“It’ simple, when we have more possession the others have less and I can breathe more, and it was something which clearly helped us.”

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