12.09.2013 17:05 - in: The team S

    Asamoah: “Fully prepared for season ahead”

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    The midfielder, fresh from his exploits with the Ghanaian national side, speaks exclusively to JTV: “We know it will be a difficult year and that’s why we worked even harder over the summer. Our new signings have certainly made us stronger”

    Kwadwo Asamoah believes the Bianconeri’s hard preparation over the summer will stand them in good stead for the many tests that will come their way throughout the 2013/14 campaign.

    The Ghanaian has returned to Vinovo enjoying after a successful international week in which his winner over Zambia helped the Black Stars reach the playoff stage of the World Cup qualifiers.

    Asamoah’s thoughts will now turn to tackling Juventus’ congested run of fixtures, safe in the knowledge that the new arrivals and meticulous pre-season preparation will enable them to handle the rigors of a challenging year ahead.

    Speaking to JTV’s Cristina Chiabotto, the midfielder began:  “The group’s been bolstered by the arrival of players who have shown great personality, both on and off the field.

    “We know that it will be a difficult year, and that’s why we worked even harder over the summer in order to prepare ourselves.

    “We’re aware of our strengths and know that if we apply our spirit and ruthless approach we can once again achieve important targets.”

    After regrouping yesterday following the recent international period, Antonio Conte’s men now have their sights firmly set on claiming all three points from this Saturday’s showdown at the San Siro against Inter.

    And despite emerging victorious from the last two away encounters contested against the Nerazzurri, Asamoah insists the team must focus on priority number one if they are to end the hosts’ 100 per cent start to the Serie A campaign.

    “Inter are a strong side, who also began well last season. I’m expecting a good game, but we mustn’t think about them, just ourselves.”

    Asamoah, who joined the club from Udinese in July 2011, concluded by expressing his belief that the Bianconeri’s strength lies in the strong group bond shared by the first-time squad.

    “I’m happy with how my Juventus experience is going. I’ve won a Scudetto title and two Super Cups in the space of a year. I’ve always got on well with everyone, this team is like a family.”

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