Juventus will be looking to return to winning ways when they meet Basle tonight after enduring a barren run which has seen them go four matches without a win.
However, coach Marcello Lippi believes talk of a crisis in Turin, is premature.
“I don’t think we are in a crisis,” he said.
“Of course I would like to win every game but just because we have drawn a few, and even lost one, it doesn’t mean we should abandon our long-term targets. We know what we want and we still think we can achieve it by May. Now, though, we have to concentrate on Basle.”
Lippi received a welcome piece of good news with the return too the starting line-up for the firstt time this seasonn of David Trezeguet. The French striker has fully recovered from injury and will pair up Alessandro Del Piero.
Croatian defender Igor Tudor is the only player unavailable for the home side.
“There is no way we will underestimate Basle,” Lippi said of the team who have surprised many by reaching the last 16.
“I have watched several of their games and they have some really good players in the Yakin brothers (Murat and Hakan), (Julio Hernan) Rossi and (Christian) Gimenez up front, and I also like the defender (Thimothee) Atouba. They are a good, solid side and will be difficult to play against.”
Basle coach Christian Gross, meanwhile, has told his players to go for the win.
“We are not going there to make up the numbers,” he said.
“It is an important game for us and we will not just sit back and let them come on to us. We want to get something out of the game and I think we are capable of doing that.”
Basle have no injury worries now that Australian midfielder Ivan Ergic has recovered from a muscular injury and should be in the starting eleven.