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Injuries have hit Juventus’ squad ahead of tonight’s Europa League match against Salzburg, but the Bianconeri aren’t worried about this issue. Their confidence is high.
Beating rivals AC Milan 2-1 in the league last weekend might have contributed in boosting Juventus’ spirit as they now turn their attention to Europa League football. The truth is that the Italians are in a delicate situation and Thursday night’s Salzburg match eventually appears as a must win encounter.
Three draws on the trot have put the Bianconeri in 3rd position in Group A behind Manchester City and Lech Poznan – incredibly, one may add. Being undefeated is good, but there’s something greater that Juventus must achieve if they want to rekindle their hopes of qualifying into the next stage of the Europa League; and that is, to win.
Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri wants his team to focus ahead of tonight’s UEFA Europa League clash against Salzburg.
On paper, Juventus are not supposed to be where they are in Group A currently. The Italians are only third in the table – two points above Salzburg and two points behind Lech Poznan and Manchester City who top the table with 4 points each.
Thursday night’s match against Salzburg is a crucial one, and after suffering a thrilling shock in Turin against Lech Poznan on match-day one of the competition, Juventus seem to have learned their lessons correctly; they can’t afford to drop more points and they are aware that Salzburg could dent their chances of progressing onto the next stage.
Coach Luigi Del Neri has assured fans that his side was willing to face Salzburg with determination although they’ll be without the services of Aquilani, Quagliarella, and Iaquinta. The Juventus manager was quoted as saying by Sportal on Wednesday:
Twelve groups, 48 teams, and 24 matches… Thursday night will be filled with UEFA Europa League action and we analyze each table. Firstly, from Group A to Group F...
Group A: Juventus vs Lech Poznan; Salzburg vs Manchester City
These are two of the twenty-four fixtures that we captivate the public’s attention on Thursday. Group A is actually particularly interesting since the Old Lady and the Sky Blues are both expected to avoid upsets and eventually reach the next phase of the UEFA Europa League.
On paper, the Sky Blues should go past Salzburg with ease, though. However, football keeps proving that names and money don’t buy success overnight. Having spent astronomical sums of money during the just-end transfer window, Manchester City’s targets this season are high.
Where is the career of Manchester City’s big summer signing David Silva heading at Eastlands?
Being yet to impress in England, the ex-Valencia star has been given the task to show what he is made off when Manchester City play Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
No Emmanuel Adebayor or Mario Balotelli; both strikers have been sidelined through injury. Now as Roque Santa Cruz’s name wasn’t included in City’s squad list submitted to UEFA for the tournament, Coach Roberto Mancini now has very slim options in attack ahead of the Red Bull Salzburg UEFA Europa League match..
So is it time for midfielder David Silva to finally jump from the shadow and make an impact under a Sky Blue jersey?