After netting his first goal of the 2013/14 season in the 4-1 win against Cagliari on Sunday, Claudio Marchisio has today reiterated his desire to continue to aid the team’s progress in their hunt for a third consecutive Scudetto.
He had to wait patiently for it, but what better time for his moment to arrive than in the record-breaking 11th consecutive Serie A triumph at the Sant’Elia.
It was a wonderful goal – a crisp right-footed shot from all of 35 yards that was too hot for Rossoblu goalkeeper Antonio Adan to handle – and it was well deserved for a player who always puts in maximum effort for the side he has supported since he was a boy.
In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, the 27-year-old began: “After winning the Scudetto two years in a row it’s never easy. This group have always given their all - even those who aren’t necessarily regular starters - and the results are clear to see.
“My goal against Cagliari was an important one, not because some have been saying I’m unhappy on the bench and the like, but rather because we were in a bit of difficultly in that first half.
“Like I’ve always said, whether I’m on the bench or not I’ll always have a great desire to help out the team and the manager, not just in the games but also in training, so I’m completely calm about it.”
Marchisio’s strike against the Rossoblu on Sunday helped the Bianconeri close the first half of the season with 52 points, equalling the halfway haul of the legendary 2005/06 Juve side led by Fabio Cappello (a team which the midfielder was also part of).
“100 points is something to aim for, but our main objective is the Scudetto, regardless of the number of points we pick up. The current side is completely different to Capello’s, but if we manage the third league title in a row then I think we can talk about the best Juve ever.
“We need to concentrate on what we’re doing – on our path and the games we’ve got coming up – as opposed to the first year, when we were in pursuit of Milan for almost the whole of the second half of the season.
“If we keep working as hard as we are and maintain our desire to win, we can definitely achieve our Scudetto objective.”
Marchisio concluded with a word on his team-mate Giorgio Chiellini, whose number three shirt yesterday took pride in place at J-Museum after he joined the exclusive club of players to make 300 Bianconeri appearances – a club the midfielder himself could well become a member of in the not too distant future.
“That would be definitely be fantastic. I’ve known Giorgio for a few years now, and he deserves it. He’s never given up, not even for a second, and he has a brilliant character.”