Marco Storari says Juventus have every reason to be confident ahead of the 2013/14 season but believes hard work is needed in order to fulfill their billing of Scudetto favourites.
The goalkeeper, speaking from this afternoon’s Tour Val d’Aosta/Mont Blanc awards ceremony, began: “We’ll start the season as favourites, if anything because we approach the campaign off the back of two successive titles.
“We’ve bought some excellent players, but it’s what happens on the pitch that counts and we’ll give everything in order to try and win.”
Storari, now entering his fourth season in the black and white stripes of Juventus, is no stranger to the hard work that goes into ensuring the team approaches the new campaign in optimal condition.
And he is confident the new arrivals will soon adapt to the high intensity training methods championed by Antonio Conte.
“Those who have been here for a year or two are a bit more used to the coach’s work. Initially it will be a bit more of a struggle for those have just arrived. It’s all a question of getting used to it.
“That’s how the coach wants us to work and the intensity will remain high for the entire year. We’ve got a great physical condition and this work is the reason behind it.”
Pushing the team all the way during these challenging fitness sessions are the club’s loyal faithful, who have again flocked to Chatillon in their numbers to show unwavering support for their beloved Bianconeri.
“As with last year, the fans have been, are and will be fantastic. We’re happy to conduct our pre-season preparations here because we feel at home.”
The 36-year-old has mostly operated as back-up to Bianconeri legend Gigi Buffon, but confirmed that he is quite happy to be able to support such a great champion.
“I saw a bit of the Confederations Cup and congratulated Gigi on the penalties saved. He played the entire year and Italy’s third-placed finish is also down to him. I read that he received an element of criticism, but as far as I’m concerned, Gigi will always be number one.”
Storari’s reliability between the posts and positive influence in the dressing room have naturally resulted in the Pisa-born custodian attracting admiring glances from elsewhere as the summer transfer market begins to get into full swing.
But he was quick to reiterate his desire to remain in Turin and help the team push for a historic third consecutive title triumph.
“I’m happy and consider myself lucky to play for Juventus. I have another year left on my contract and have no problem in staying.”