Paratici: ‘Juventus players need time’

Juventus director Fabio Paratici warns ‘we have to believe in players and give them the opportunity to work, not just two or three months.’

The Champions League tie with Dynamo Kiev kicks off in Turin at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

This game is historic, as it is the first in the Champions League with a female referee, French official Stephanie Frappart.

“Another barrier has been knocked down, but the most important thing is that she is a very good referee,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.

The director was asked about the seeming weight of pressure that some younger players struggle with in Turin.

“When a player arrives at Juve, unless he’s come from Real Madrid or Barcelona, he comes with a great deal of enthusiasm and also pressure. The ball doesn’t weigh the same as when you play for other clubs, where you have less responsibility and lower objectives.

“It is natural for those who go on to become great champions to initially have some difficulties. After all, Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best defenders in the world, but for the first six months there were lots of questions about what was going wrong.

“I have been here for 11 years, there are some who never get over that obstacle. We have to believe in the players and give them the opportunity to work, which is not just two or three months.”

Juventus also believe in their inexperienced coach and former midfielder, Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo is getting better every day. He is an intelligent person, quite aside from having football intelligence.

“Juventus is a way of life. It’s a huge fortune for anyone to go through this experience. This season, we chose this path and pursue it with commitment, through the ups and downs, without seeking short-cuts.”


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