Former Juventus star Claudio Marchisio has said that Serie A rivals AC Milan are stronger than the Bianconeri but La Vecchia Signora are in a rebuilding phase.
The 35-year-old former midfielder also reserved praise for Diavolo directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara as well as coach Stefano Pioli for helping the club qualify for the Champions League.
“Milan are stronger now,” Marchisio said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Maldini, Massara and Pioli have done a great job to rebuild a team that has had some difficulties over the years and that deserves to return to the levels of the past.
“Juve is in a phase of reconstruction but they must prove to be up to the level of the team that opened the winning cycle.”
Juventus have not won a Serie A match since Massimiliano Allegri has returned as coach but Marchisio is confident that he can turn things around.
“When you build the foundations for a more lasting project it is normal to encounter difficulties,” he said.
“I would like him to be given time and trust. New leaderships are being created, I don’t see personality or identity problems, you just need to be patient.
“A team like Juve must always aim to win, you need cohesion and conviction. I am confident.”
AC Milan host Juventus in Serie A on Sunday evening.