Stephan Lichtsteiner and Paul Pogba could not have hoped for better performances in the recent international fixtures as a springboard to take on Inter on Saturday: both Juventus men were on the scoresheet for their respective nations, with the Swiss netting a brace against Iceland and Pogba scoring his first goal for France against Belarus.
But in a double interview with Mediaset and Sky, far from dwelling on his recent individual success Lichtsteiner maintained that his main focus remains ensuring that the Juve team get the result they are looking for at the San Siro.
When asked whether the fact that the Derby d’Italia fixture falls so soon into the season affects the Juventus team going into the game, the Swiss wing-back commented: “It doesn’t change anything. What matters to us is the quality of our performance, no matter who the opponent is.
“We know that the Inter side we’re facing will be fired up and determined, but so are we. We’re up against a team who will be fighting for the Scudetto as their main objective, just as we were two years ago.
“We’ll need to put in a strong performance. The only thing on my mind is winning rather than getting another goal after the ones I scored for Switzerland.”
On exactly the same wavelength was Pogba, who continued his eye-catching start to the season on Tuesday with his first international goal for the senior French side against Belarus but nonetheless echoed his team-mate’s focus on a Juve win.
Speaking to Sky, the young midfielder said: “Your first international goal is always special, even though mine wasn’t too hard to put away. Of course I’d like to score again on Saturday, but the success of the Juve team is my main priority.
“Inter are a strong side whose tactical setup makes them difficult to play against, something we experienced in our recent game against them in the United States. We will have to be careful.”