Federico Peluso has encouraged Juventus to “pick up where they left off” when they resume their Serie A campaign with Saturday night’s intriguing fixture against an in-form Lazio side at the Stadio Olimpico.
The defender, speaking to Cristina Chiabotto on Jtv’s Filo Diretto, is under no illusions regarding the challenge that lies ahead against a Biancocelesti outfit unbeaten in their first three games following Edy Reja’s return to the dugout.
Previewing the clash, Peluso began: “It will be a difficult one because Lazio are currently in good form. But we need to focus on ourselves and pick up where we left off seven days ago.”
The Bianconeri head back to the capital looking to banish the memory of Tuesday’s Coppa Italia knockout at the hands of Roma.
Peluso was in the starting line-up that night and believes the team will have to right the wrongs of a below par performance when they cross the white line tomorrow evening.
“It was a good game, at least to play in, and a great feeling to be out there in front of a packed Olimpico. Aside from the fact that it wasn’t one of our best showings, we were also punished by several incidents. We need to work out where we went wrong and get going again on Saturday night.”
Deployed in a left wing-back role for the meeting with the Giallorossi, Peluso thought he had broken the deadlock when he headed home Mauricio Isla’s cross early in the second half, only to see his effort ruled out by the linesman.
“It was a big disappointment. I didn’t protest because I still hadn’t fully worked out why they had chalked it off, then the game started again. I don’t score many goals, so in an important game like that one and being from Rome myself, it would have been a good feeling to find the target in front of my family watching in the stands.”
Turning to championship matters, the 30-year-old, who has three Azzurri caps to his name, offered a thought on the Bianconeri’s closest rivals for Scudetto glory.
“Roma are great team and they also showed that in the Coppa Italia. But we’ve got a healthy lead at present and are enjoying an extraordinary league campaign. They’ll want to chase us, but we’ll aim to set the quickest pace.”
Concluding with a reflection on the upcoming Europa League campaign, Peluso underlined the team’s desire to go all the way and reach the final hurdle at Juventus Stadium in May.
“It’s a demanding adventure as there are many games in store if you manage to progress. It’s an important target, we know the final will be played at home and we hope to be involved.”