Marotta: Serie A between Juventus and Roma

The Bianconeri director general says it is impossible to look beyond last season’s top two for the 2014-15 Scudetto, though he admits that his dream is the Champions League

Giuseppe Marotta believes that this season’s Serie A title race will once again be between only Juventus and Roma.

The two sides finished first and second last term, with the Bianconeri claiming a third successive Scudetto courtesy of a record points haul of 102.

AC Milan and Inter have made encouraging starts to the 2014-15 campaign but Marotta says it is impossible to look past Juve and Roma, both of whom boast 100 per cent records after three rounds of action.

“The indications from the start of the season are that it is between Juve and Roma,” the Juve director general told Radio Anch’io lo Sport.

“Securing nine points in three matches says that we are top-evel sides and serious candidates for the Scudetto.”

Marotta admitted, though, that European success is of slightly greater importance to Juventus this season.

“If I had to choose between the fourth Scudetto in a row and the Champions League, I would say the latter,” he admitted.

“It is something so extraordinary that I would willingly chase it. But, if I could, I would choose both.”

Encouragingly, Juve kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Malmo last week, meaning the Bianconeri have won all four of their first competitive fixtures under new coach Massmiliano Allegri.

The decision to replace Antonio Conte with the former Milan boss did not go down well with the club’s fans but Marotta says he never had any doubts about appointing Allegri.

“After what Conte did here the scepticism over Allegri was understandable,” he conceded.

“When replacing a coach who has won three successive Scudetti and set so many records the backlash can be negative.

“This is because the coach is the leader of the group, but I believe also that behind the coach and the team there has to be a strong club with the right to support the role of the coach.

“We have to give great credit to Allegri – he did well at Milan and was not an unknown when he arrived.

“He won the Scudetto in his first year, he is a winner and when we gave him the squad we did it responsibly, knowing that he had the right attributes to coach Juventus.”

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