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    11.10.2013 19:08 - in: The team S

    Padoin eager to return to happy hunting ground

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    The midfielder tells Sky Sport Italia about his fond memories of Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi, the venue of his first goal in the black and white stripes: “It was a wonderful day for me”

    Simone Padoin says he is looking forward to returning to a happy hunting ground when Juventus resume their Serie A title defence against Fiorentina on Sunday 20 October.

    The versatile midfielder, who made his first start of the season in the Bianconeri’s recent win over Milan, has fond memories of the night in which he opened his Juve account at the Artemio Franchi.

    Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the 29-year-old began: “It was a wonderful day for me and a memory I’ll cherish forever. After that game we realised we could win the Scudetto despite having an extremely strong Milan side ahead of us. It was a real show of strength and an important 5-0 victory.

    “We’ll now be up against a different Fiorentina side, with a different manager, who have done great things. It will be a good test to see where we’re at, also because it’s always difficult to work out how things will go in the first game after the break.”

    With the Bianconeri set to embark on another hectic run of fixtures as they juggle both domestic and European commitments, Padoin says he is ready to weigh in with his contribution whenever called upon by Antonio Conte.

    “The manager knows that he can rely on all of us. We’ve got a run of games in which we’ll play every three days, it’s impossible to feature for all 90 minutes of them. Even for those who play less it’s a pleasure to be called upon to make their own contribution.”

    The midfielder concluded by reflecting on yesterday’s accidental collision with Lorenzo Degeri which saw the Pavia player taken to hospital.

    “Quagliarella clipped a cross into the middle that was pushed out by the goalkeeper. I followed up and whilst I was kicking he slid in and accidentally bumped into my knee. There was then this horrible moment, a real scare for us all.

    “But last night our doctor thankfully told us he was fine and I know he was discharged this morning. I’d like to send Lorenzo my best wishes and I hope he’s over the worst.”

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