Spalletti: Juve were strong before Higuain

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has questioned the media's preoccupation with Juventus' summer spending, saying that the Bianconeri are doing nothing new.

Massimiliano Allegri's five-time Scudetto champions have been very active thus far in the summer transfer window, using their significant financial resources to buy their two closest rivals' top players: Miralem Pjanic from Roma and Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.

Even though the latter deal has not officially announced by the club, it is widely expected to be done shortly.

Since news broke of Higuain's impending transfer the Italian press has been abuzz with notions that Juventus will remain unchalleneged in the upcoming Serie A season. And some criticism for their strategy has been levelled by former players and supporters.

Spalletti the manager who took Roma to a third-placed finish last season believes that this is unwarranted.

"Juventus, with Higuain, become what they already were: extremely strong," Spalletti said, as reported by Calciomercato.it. "I don't understand all this talk.

"Juventus in the past sold some great players, who were then replaced. Likewise for Napoli, and for Roma, who was forced to make some sales. Juventus remain very powerful whether they have [Paul] Pogba or not, whether they have Higuain or not.

"When you [journalists] speak of objectives, you start making up limits, but you're the ones who are limited. We want to win every game," the 57-year-old continued.

"Let's start again from the end of last season and let's find that strength, that discipline in the team's behaviour that we had at the end. Finding that level of football with continuity represents the real leap in quality.

"We have a complete squad but of course we can add more to the team's strength by signing quality players. We're probably going to look for and find another defender, because that's how it's supposed to be.

"But these are all bonuses because we have already completed our squad. We're fine with all the doors of danger remaining open. That's part of the game."

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