Tuesday 19 September 2017

Zaccheroni warns Juve of Hodgson factor

Alberto Zaccheroni has warned his Juventus side to avoid complacency against Fulham as he looks to put one over on his old adversary Roy Hodgson in tonight's Europa League last-16 first-leg tie.

Fulham have been one of the surprise packages of the competition this year after they qualified from a group containing Serie A's Roma before knocking out Shakhtar Donetsk, the winners of the competition last season in its former guise as the UEFA Cup.

The Bianconeri, who have won the competition three times, have the better side on paper and are clear favourites to progress.

Zaccheroni only beat Hodgson once during the three spells the 62-year-old spent in Italy and he has told his team they will have to fight hard to beat the Cottagers.

"He is a very honest person. He plays teams in a very structured system, 4-4-2," said Zaccheroni of Hodgson, who managed Inter Milan twice, and Udinese, in the 1990s.

"We should never underestimate him and his team. I watched Fulham when they played Shakhtar and they were very strong."

Zaccheroni had to conduct most of Juventus' training session indoors yesterday after heavy snow hit Turin. The game looks likely to go ahead, however, but the Old Lady will be without Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Amauri, through thigh injuries.

Felipe Melo is suspended and Zaccheroni may have to call upon Mohamed Sissoko and Claudio Marchisio, who are both carrying knocks.

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