'It's Been An Incredible Journey'
As for today, Juventus have won the double this season, continuing to be unbeaten, something that has impressed the world. But, after Antonio Conte handed his resignation, many thought that their current Serie A crown would fall off their heads. However, when now former board-member Pavel Nedved took, some of the fans didn't feel secure with the appointment. But, the Czech manager has yet to taste defeat in both official and friendly games, which is an impressive record for anyone who has to fight to gain another title. Not only achieving such thing, the current Juventus manager has played some mouth-watering games at home and away, against teams such like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. With winning and drawing such matches, the fans have been ecstatic by the fact that Conte (who is a great manager) was replaced by an even better one, who has already entered the Czech Hall Of Fame. The manager had an exclusive interview along with club owner, Andrea Agnelli about the current season with Corriere delle Sport.
J: Andrea, how did you originally feel when you found out that you had the chance to appoint club idol, Pavel Nedved, after Conte's resignation?
AA: Well, I already and still do have a very close relationship with Pavel here, and we were considering offering him a coach role at the club, but after Conte resigned, he was put in the club's priority list. Already knowing the club's ways, he didn't have to settle in.
J: Haha! It seems that you had a lot of trust in Pavel, even if he didn't have some experience eh?
AA: Yes, of course. Conte who was a great manager during his stay, helped me pick and to be frank did help Pavel with some of the tactics. But, now Pavel has created his own type of football that has never been seen in this world. Beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich already in the first season has been special, especially at home.
J: Pavel, since day one, you've had a 'Cinderella' relationship with Andrea, who has been giving you whatever you have asked for.. Do you think that the club are spoiling you or doing the right thing?
PN: Definitely, the club aren't spoiling me, as I have funded some of our transfers with the departures. Plus, we practically fill our stadiums, which gives us a very good financial income. I deliver, so why not should the club deliver my requests? It's the right thing.
J: Very honest there, Pavel.. How do you feel that the incoming signings (Armero, Llorente, Ospina and Victor Andrade) will have to settle in?
PN: Definitely, it won't be a good job, but any signing I've made has been carefully looked, by the club, both financially and tactically. I believe that with Leo Bonatini in the team already, Victor Andrade will not find it very hard to settle in, with some help. Then, Ospina has some international experience and has been in France for a very long time. With Llorente, he has played plenty of time in the best national team in the world and has had a great career behind him at Bilbao. Finally, Armero has been here in Italy for over 3-4 years and knows what's up when he arrives at Turin.
J: For your first season, you are unbeaten and are becoming a favorite to win the Champions League for the club's third time in their history. Do you think that you can win the Champions League and beat Roma in the Coppa Italia?
PN: It's definitely possible, but if we lose in either competition, we would already showed the world that Juventus are definitely a team not to mess with.
J: Thank you Andrea (Agnelli) and Pavel (Nedved)!
AA & PN: No problem, anytime!