Determined Didier eyes revival
By Tom Adams and Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Didier Deschamps says he is 'determined' to help revive relegated Juventus.
New Juventus coach Didier Deschamps says he is 'determined' to restore The Bianconeri to their former status after taking control of the newly-relegated scandal-hit side.
The Turin club were punished heavily following their involvement in the Italian match-fixing scandal, and Deschamps faces starting next season with a 30-point deficit in Serie B if an imminent appeal against the verdict fails.
The former Bianconeri player must also contend with an expected mass exodus of players with UEFA Champions League football now likely to be at least three seasons away, as a number of Europe's top clubs are circling the Stadio Delle Alpi in search of a bargain.
However Fabio Capello's replacement says he is proud to have taken the Juve hot-seat, and that he is hellbent on making the club a force in Italian football once again.
"I am very happy and proud to be here," said Deschamps.
"I am very determined and positive that we will do something fantastic together.
"I was disappointed and sad when I heard the verdict, the penalty we have been given is a big one, but we can only do our best.
"It is going to be difficult to get back to Serie A in one year, and it might take two, but even so, we will give it our best shot.
"I have never had any doubts and I made my choice (to coach Juve) aware of the insecurity surrounding the club.
"Our project may change, but not my determination or conviction."
Although many players are expected to leave, club legend Alessandro Del Piero has already stated he will stay with The Bianconeri to help them recover from the shameful period in their history, and Deschamps has praised the forward for his unselfish gesture.
"Alessandro has made a professional decision and set an example for the other players to stay and take part in this adventure," Deschamps added.
Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved has also told his new boss he is "quite convinced" of his future in Serie B, but stars such as Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta and Patrick Vieira all look set to find the exit door.
Speaking particularly about the Italian World Cup winning captain Cannavaro, Deschamps admitted he was desperate to keep hold of the stopper but that it will be difficult to convince the majority of the stars to stay for the coming season.
"I don't want to do names but I'd like to keep Cannavaro as he is a leader and is obviously a very important player to the team and the coach.
"I've also spoken with the others, it was important I heard them.
"I gave congratulations to the World Champions and I told them all that I count on every one of them as they are all important players, but I will respect their personal decisions.
"Who will stay? It will depend from our starting point.
"For a few of them a year in Serie B could be possible, but should the situation remain like this and we have to think that we will need two years to come back to Serie A, it will be most complicated."
Juventus chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli remains confident that the club's appeal against Friday's verdict will be a success.
"Our lawyer says there are good grounds for appeal," said Cobolli Gigli.
"He said that all of the reasons they gave for Juve's relegation are linked to the trivial article one and not article six, which is the more serious.
"As a president and fan, I still hope we can stay in Serie A, but given the situation as it is today, we would be happy with Serie B, but with no deductions."