Sunday, 19 October 2008

Juve stand by Ranieri

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri has been given a vote of confidence following the club's poor start to the season.

Ranieri has come in for criticism in the Italian media after Juve suffered a 2-1 defeat at Napoli on Saturday evening.

The result leaves Juve in mid-table in the Serie A table after just two wins from their opening seven matches in the league.

The Old Lady were also held in the UEFA Champions League by BATE Borisov and face Real Madrid and city rivals Torino in their next two matches.

But, despite the calls for Ranieri to be replaced, Juve's chief officer Jean Claude Blanc is keeping faith with the former Parma boss.

"Ranieri? Faith is given one time and the club has already done so," Blanc told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's a tough time. We've set an objective of returning to winning ways as soon as possible so that our confidence returns.

"I saw an aggressive Napoli, we made some mistakes in defence. We know we have to work hard.

"We also need to take into account the list of injuries, it's not an excuse, but we've paid a very high price."

Source: Sky Sports

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