New arrival Dani Osvaldo popped in to JTV to discuss his first impressions of life at Juventus Football Club following a deadline day switch from English Premier League outfit Southampton.
After spending a week training with the first-team squad and getting to grips with the methods of Antonio Conte, Osvaldo spoke enthusiastically about his first seven days in Vinovo during a lengthy interview with Cristina Chiabotto.
Here’s a selection of his thoughts:
Where it all began
“My dad took me to play football and when I think back to my younger days I always had the ball between my feet. I played up front even back then, because I’ve always liked scoring. My grandma gave me ten pesos for every goal I scored, so I always shot and never passed to anyone!”
“Batistuta. Having grown up in Argentina, it could only really be him. But I also looked up to Ronaldo, one of the true greats.”
Moving to Italy
“It was tough at the start. I hadn’t yet turned 20 and I missed everything from back home. The first three to four months were difficult. I had to celebrate my birthday on my own. Then I got used to things, learned the language quickly and now I feel Italian.”
“I struggled in England and wasn’t really able to adapt. It’s a very physical type of game, with really tough tackling. More attention is paid to tactics and technique in Italy and Spain and I find it suits me a lot better.”
Llorente and Tevez
“Fernando is an extremely good player and a top guy. Tevez? I’m a boyhood Boca fan and when I was in Argentina I paid to go and watch him play. It’s now fantastic to be in the same team as him.”
“I struggled a bit in the first few training sessions, also because there’s a lot of running involved with the coach, but it’s just a question of getting used to things.
“Conte’s a phenomenon. He’s extremely prepared and demands a great deal, but the results are there for all to see. Everything’s magnificent here, from the training ground in Vinovo to the club itself. You immediately realise you’ve joined the biggest Italian club and one of the finest in Europe.”
“Roma are a great team and play decent football, they’ll give us a good run for our money. Every game will be tough for us, because all the others give that little bit extra when they line up against Juventus.
“How do I know? I’m speaking from experience, when I faced them as an opponent I was extremely motivated. It’s exactly how Verona will be on Sunday: we’ll be in for a difficult game against a quality side. These are the hurdles you need to overcome if you want to win the Scudetto.”
“I chose that particular shirt because there weren’t too many numbers available and my son, Gianluca, was born on May 18.”
“I didn’t really know Turin all that well before, but I must say that it’s a wonderful place. I have a bond with every city I’ve spent time in: Roma is magnificent, as is Florence, where my kids were born, but the one that’s made a lasting impression is Barcelona.”
“It’s a dream to be at Juventus and I want the dream to continue. And then there’s the World Cup, a competition I’m determined to be involved in.”