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Moggi defends Del Piero
Wednesday 29 September, 2004


Alessandro Del Piero is not past his best, insists Juventus director general Luciano Moggi.

The No 10 hasn’t had the greatest starts to the new season which has led to wide criticism from the Italian media.

But Moggi maintains that Del Piero’s recent performances have been hampered by his present physical condition.

"If Alex isn’t at his best right now then that is because he has a small tendon problem," revealed the club official.

"Up until that point, Del Piero had done fine but we are convinced that he will soon be playing well again."

However, the Italian international has been dropped on a number of occasions already this term after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Del Piero is not suffering the presence of Ibrahimovic because it is only an advantage to have such champions in the same squad," added Moggi.

"The club are staying close to Alex but he is a man and not just a player. He knows what to do in these situations and I’m sure that the Del Piero we all recognise will return."

The attacker was rested for last night’s 1-0 win over Maccabi but he should start at the weekend against Udinese.
 
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