Juventus Coach Gigi Delneri: On the Eighth Day, the Future Began

Adam DigbyFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 11:  Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC celebrates victory after the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on April 11, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Gigi Delneri has not been coach of Serie A giants Juventus long. He was officially unveiled on May 19, little over a week ago. In that time the club have been linked with seemingly every player in Serie A, from Milan's Marco Borriello to Udinese winger Simone Pepe.

Many current Bianconeri players have been linked with moves away from Turin too, with speculation surrounding goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon growing daily in the days leading up to the new coach arriving.

The Italy No. 1 quickly dismissed it all as empty words the very next day, seemingly indicating that Delneri had quickly won over one of the team's most vital and influential players.

Club Captain and legend Alessandro Del Piero was another immediately impressed by the new appointment, saying the coach was "well prepared" and spoke of his desire to return renewed and refreshed for the challenge of the new season.

Luigi Delneri made his first thoughts on the Juventus squad known yesterday, and his statement was met with great enthusiasm by the clubs fans. Underwhelmed and disillusioned by a horrific season, the coach's words were a resounding endorsement of the ideas and beliefs of the majority of supporters.

Firstly he said Del Piero and Buffon were "two champions who we should focus on. They represent a legacy of class, experience and personality. One bad year can't cancel out Buffon and Del Piero."

The two world cup winners are idolised in Turin, for their contribution to the clubs history, and for remaining after the Calciopoli demotion.

He then went on to discuss Claudio Marchisio, saying "For the future, I am thinking to Marchisio, an important element, a central midfielder who plays inside not outside. He is young, has a good temperament. I like him."

The use of Marchisio in wide areas was a much derided feature of the team under Alberto Zaccheroni, seen as a chronic waste of the most talented player the club has produced in years, and hearing the new coach agree with that was again greeted warmly.

Of course it is easy to say the right thing with the new season so far away. The proof that the former Sampdoria boss can deliver will come soon enough and there is much work to be done between now and then, as Juventini the world over watch their club begin again and waiting for "il verdetto del campo."