Juventus triumphed for the ninth time in as many Serie A games this afternoon against Atalanta, but the desire to win that Claudio Marchisio has always had in his blood means he is still not fully satisfied with the Bianconeri’s recent outings.
Speaking after the final whistle, the 27-year-old midfielder began: “It could have been even better if we’d have got through in the Champions League. But the important thing is that we’ve ended 2013 on a high and now we’ll make the most of the break to prepare ourselves for the match against Roma.”
Marchisio filled Andrea Pirlo’s shoes in the “regista” role this afternoon in Bergamo, something which made him appreciate the work that the maestro does in that midfield position.
“Assessments have to be taken with a pinch of salt, because we’re used to seeing Andrea in that position and there’s nobody like him in world football. We looked to do the best we could and today we managed to put in a good performance at a ground where it’s always difficult to win.”
When asked if he’s missing scoring the goals that have so far evaded him this season, the Italian commented: “A bit, because I’ve been used to getting them in recent years. Not much has changed on the field, and in fact Paul and Arturo are scoring regularly, but it’s also true that Vucinic and Llorente are different.
“The former provides a lot of assists, whereas the latter is more of a goal poacher who does his work in the box. In any case, it’s the team rather than individuals which is important, and we’re five points ahead of Roma.”