Juventus director Cristiano Giuntoli believes the club can combine quality players and sustainability for the long-term. The Bianconeri take on Empoli this evening, and ahead of the match, Giuntoli spoke with Sky Sport Italia about the clubs transfer dealings this summer, and why it was important to perform the entire operation on a budget to maintain balance:
“We are very happy, in one year Juve have made a good change, lowering the average age and inserting good players such as Cambiaso, Milik has been rediscovered, we are also recovering Pogba. We are doing important things in addition to the budget, we are confident to do our best in the championship”.
“Mercato? We have done two important operations with two young players, we have recovered the condition of Chiesa and Vlahovic, we have brought Hujisen and Yildiz to the first team, Nicolussi Caviglia has returned from his loans. We are trying to gather resources from the excellent work of the youngsters, this is the policy. The right balance between sustainability and team quality. It takes time, but we are confident: we are a united block between club, players and ownership. We are Juventus.
“Chiesa? A sports director must share the day-to-day with the coach, we are doing that. He’s a great footballer both as a striker and as a winger.”
“Financial balance? Many times sustainability can go hand in hand with quality. We have a very good squad, we are very serene that we can do well. Sustainability is very important because it will give serenity to the future of the club. We are doing a great job, we are trying to do the best we can do.”
“We want to return to the Champions League, but we don’t set ourselves any limits. That’s the goal, we can’t make any flights of fancy. We will fight for it, doing our best. Juve must return to the Champions League.
“I wanted to remember Gaetano Scirea, an example of loyalty. It seemed right to remember the passing of a great man and footballer.”