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Feb 19, 2013

Marotta: Clubs in Europe need fixture help

Beppe Marotta says Italian clubs are disadvantaged in Europe and called upon league authorities to help alleviate fixture congestion for club's involved in continental competition.

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The Juventus director, 57, was speaking following in a week in which Napoli, Lazio and Inter Milan joined the Bianconeri in recording poor results domestically following Champions League or Europa League ties.

He said the club would be speaking to Serie A's organisers in order to improve the way games are scheduled for those clubs, hoping to achieve the kind of assistance enjoyed by teams in other nations.

"The Italian league is a difficult one that's very balanced," he told reporters on Monday. "It's a really tough championship.

"So I think we need to appeal to the authorities for better planning of fixtures in relation to European commitments.

"This is a line of inquiry that we will be pursuing and we hope to achieve something in the future."

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