Sebastian Giovinco says the absence of nine players on international duty has made no difference to the level of intensity in training as Juventus work towards a testing return to Serie A action against fellow title challengers Fiorentina.
The striker, who came off the bench to put Antonio Conte’s men in front against Milan last Sunday, already has his sights set on toppling another team in the hunt for Scudetto glory when the Bianconeri line up in Florence next weekend.
Speaking on JTV’s ‘Filo Diretto’, the 26-year-old began: “We’re working hard in spite of the international break. When we return to championship action we’ll have a difficult game at a tough venue in Florence. Fiorentina have done very well over the past two seasons and are one of the teams in the hunt for the Scudetto, along with Inter, Milan, Napoli and Roma. The Giallorossi have impressed me the most in these first seven games of the campaign.”
Last weekend saw Giovinco keep the Bianconeri in touch with the early championship front runners by registering his first goal of the season, a well-taken finish that prompted the forward to perform a unique celebration in front of a jubilant crowd at Juventus Stadium.
Reflecting on his exploits, he said: “It was an important goal and a decent strike, a perfect moment for me. I didn’t work on the celebration, it’s something that came instinctively.”
After squaring up with Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon, Juventus will immediately turn their attentions to another crucial encounter, Wednesday’s Champions League Group B clash against Spanish giants Real Madrid.
And whilst admitting the team are fully aware of the challenges faced when lining up against such a prestigious side at the Bernabeu, Giovinco insists they will maintain the never-say-die attitude that has been crucial in leading them to back-to-back title triumphs.
“We all know how tough it is to play in the Champions League. You need to consider many aspects when taking on a strong team like Real. We certainly won’t be lacking in commitment, that’s for sure, just as it’s never missing in every other game we play.”
Ending with a thought on the international side, Sebastian expressed his desire to be included in the Azzurri World Cup squad after enjoying another successful season at club level.
“I didn’t think I’d be called up at this current moment in time, it’s only logical given that I’ve played so little. But the World Cup remains one of my targets, along with continuing to win with Juventus. This team has had two wonderful seasons and we all want to keep going down this route.”