Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Ferrara ready for final two games

New Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara will focus on the psychological state of his team ahead of their final two games of the Serie A season.

Jean-Claude Blanc & Ciro FerraraThe Turin giants appointed former Juve defender Ferrara to replace sacked coach Claudio Ranieri for the restof the season following Sunday's 2-2 draw against Atalanta.

The outcome marked the Bianconeri's seventh consecutive game without a win and left the club just one point clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina with two games left.

"I think the team's main problem is above all a mental one," said Ferrara. "In our final two games, I want the players to bring out their pride and show plenty of motivation.

"I want to see a different Juventus, a Juve that wins. I will ask the players to get maximum points in the last two games."

Under Ranieri, Juve finished third last season and made a decent start this term, proving to be Inter's main challengers for the Scudetto before disaster struck.

Juve's last win was on March 21 when they hammered Roma 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. But their poor run since then has left the Bianconeri yet to secure an automatic UEFA Champions League berth for next season.

"What we need right now is to transfer positive energy to the players," Ferrara said. "It is more a matter of heart and willingness, and the next matches must therefore be won first outside and then inside the field.

"I know most of the players and I know that it takes little to reverse this situation."

Juve travel to Siena this weekend before taking on Lazio in Turin in their final game.

Source: Sporting Life

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