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Sunday February 27 2011
Marotta: 'Del Neri is up for review'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta admits “Gigi Del Neri is up for review. We're trying to understand if the situation is about to precipitate.”

The Bianconeri are in crisis after a second consecutive defeat, both 2-0 against minnows Lecce and Bologna.

“Del Neri has not given signs that he is losing control this season, but we are trying to understand if the situation is about to precipitate,” said Marotta.

“The Coach is up for review, as we all are, because we are all responsible for this. We are not thinking of a pre-match training camp as punishment, but could do it to best prepare for Saturday's game against Milan.

“The fans have every reason to complain, as Juventus must give their all. However, finding scapegoats is not right either.”

Juve are plummeting down the table and have shown an unusual psychological frailty against the smaller sides.

“I think we have a mental block, as once we concede a goal, the players get sucked into this vortex of fear and can't get out of it,” continued the director general.

“With all due respect for Bologna, we could've recovered from the opening goal, but we fell apart. I see the team is totally splintered. The memories of last season are precipitating that fear and this is the result.”

For the second year running, Champions League qualification seems to be a mirage for Juventus.

“The fans expect a great deal from us and that is only right. We are not credible right now and must get back to that level. We cannot target big goals, so will just try to end the season as well as possible. Let's not set any targets, as that could be psychologically counter-productive.

“It is inexplicable that this side can beat Milan and Inter, then drop so many points against inferior teams.”

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