Claudio Marchisio believes Juventus have an ideal opportunity to right the wrongs of Sunday’s defeat to Napoli when they line up for tomorrow night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg clash against Lyon in France.
The midfielder admits the Bianconeri lacked the correct approach on a testing night in Naples, but stresses there will be no shortage of desire to give their European semi-final hopes a significant boost with a positive result at the Stade de Gerland.
Speaking to the media in Lyon’s press suite, the 28-year-old began: “We need to remind ourselves of the approach we showed at the San Paolo and change it. We’ve got the opportunity to bounce back a few days later in Europe, we know how important it is to get a good result here and we need to put in a great performance.”
Last weekend’s reverse at the San Paolo, the Bianconeri’s first defeat in 23 Serie A matches, sparked talk in certain sections of the media of a Juventus side ‘in crisis’.
It is a suggestion that Marchisio finds difficult to comprehend.
"It surprises me a little. I read an article that said Juve’s ‘rule’ is about to come to an end. We’ve done extraordinary things in these past few years, yet still keep improving and enjoying greater leads over rivals who have bolstered their ranks.
"It’s curious to hear talk of Juventus in crisis because the team adopted the wrong approach in one game. This side has always grown and will keep doing so.
"We’re in a good state both physically and psychologically, but it’s normal for teams to study ways of trying to stop us playing. Regardless of their tactics, we’ve always created plenty and imposed our style of play."
Next in the Bianconeri’s firing line are a Lyon side who are unbeaten in five Europa League home games, with their last European victory at the Stade de Gerland a particularly impressive 4-1 demolition of Viktoria Plzen.
Pinpointing forwards Bafetimbi Gomis and Alexandre Lacazette as ones to watch on the break, Marchisio ended by reiterating Juventus’ mantra to finish top of the pile in every tournament contested.
“Lyon are an excellent team and have shown their value by getting to this stage of the Europa League. They’re a complete side, strong physically and their frontmen Gomis and Lacazette know how to cause danger, especially on the break.
“We started out in the Champions League looking to do our best and we weren’t able to. Now we’re in the Europa League and we’ll aim to go all the way. Not because the final’s in Turin, but because this has always been our objective, in every competition we face."