19.07.2013 13:25 - in: The team S

    Padoin: “Laying the foundations for success”

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    The midfielder comments on a productive week in Chatillon: “Pre-season is going really well and the manager’s happy. We’re preparing for a long, taxing campaign with many games to play”

    Simone Padoin believes Juventus will reap the rewards from the hard yards put in throughout their 10-day pre-season training camp in Chatillon.

    The midfielder admits the team are working hard over the course of their stay in the Alpine valley but says their training programme represents the ideal way to prepare for the long campaign that lies ahead.

    Speaking to reporters at the Stadio Brunod, Padoin began: “It’s going really well, I think the manager’s really happy and has also complimented us on our work so far.

    “Obviously this is the period in which we’re laying the foundations for an important season. It will be a long, taxing campaign, with different objectives to fight for and many games to play.”

    Having made his bow in the Champions League last season, the 29-year-old is keen for another taste of the big time and claims the Bianconeri have the required means to upset the status quo in Europe’s elite competition.

    However, he was also careful to emphasise the importance of remaining focused on achieving a historic third successive Scudetto for the first time since 1935.

    “We’ll aim to do well in the Champions League, but our first objective is winning a third consecutive Scudetto. It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination, because after your win back-to-back titles, you become the team to beat. But we’ll give it our best shot.”

    Aiding the Bianconeri in their quest to fight on both fronts will be new signings Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Angelo Ogbonna, acquisitions that have clearly won the approval of Padoin.

    “They’re nice lads and have immediately fit in very well. The club should be congratulated on bringing them in. We’re convinced we’ll reap the benefits of their arrivals.

    “In addition, it’s nice to see that champions want to play in Serie A, it means the league is regaining a credibility that perhaps it’s lacked in the past few years.”

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