Stephan Lichtsteiner says Juventus have what it takes to achieve a third consecutive title but believes they will have to stay alert to their Serie A challengers who have enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market.
The defender spoke to journalists during this afternoon’s appearance at Cervinia Golf Club, where he outlined his hopes and ambitions for the season ahead.
And despite warning of the stiff domestic and European competition, Stephan expressed his belief that the Bianconeri’s new additions will ensure they remain firmly in the hunt for silverware come the end of the season.
The 29-year-old began: “We’ve won the last two titles and it would be nice and important to achieve a third consecutive Scudetto - but it won’t be a walk in the park.
“Many teams have bolstered their ranks by purchasing players and recruiting excellent new coaches.
“Having said that, we’ve brought in two very strong strikers, and the others have also shown they’ve got the required quality.”
The Swiss international is now entering his third term in Turin after becoming one of the first signings of the Conte era when he completed a move from Lazio at the start of the 2011/12 campaign.
His boundless energy down the flank has made him a crucial factor behind the Bianconeri’s recent renaissance, providing a rock-solid presence in defence whilst also getting forward to provide an important contribution to attacking moves.
According to Lichtsteiner, it will be business as usual again this year: “The manager’s instructions for those who play out wide haven’t changed a great deal from last season, you need to run.
“When you have the ball you become the fourth striker, but you need to be ready to get back and defend as five.
“Sometimes you get all the way to the byline and are then unable to reach the ball. What that happens it’s frustrating, also because you use up plenty of energy in doing so.
“It’s important, playing in my position, to be able to count on the manager’s ability to freshen things up.”