Ferrara: Villarreal drubbing blessing in disguise

ROME - Juventus's 4-1 drubbing by Villarreal in a friendly on Friday could serve them well when there is more than pride at stake in the coming season, the Serie A club's coach Ciro Ferrara said. The Spaniards outplayed Juve in the southern Italian city of Salerno and romped home with a superb first-half strike from Santi Cazorla followed after the break by a Nilmar header and a Robert Pires double. Amauri scored the Turin side's only goal when they had already conceded three. "Maybe it's better to get a big slap now after having received so much praise," Ferrara, whose team have beaten Real Madrid and Sevilla in friendlies, told reporters. "We didn't play well, but we lost against a great team."