Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner certainly earned their plaudits during this evening’s 2-0 triumph over Malmo at Juventus Stadium.
Both players performed admirably in midfield with Asamoah providing Carlos Tevez with an assist for the evening’s opener on 59 minutes.
Lichtsteiner - who marauded up and down the Bianconeri’s right wing, covering 11.5km in the process - began proceedings by commenting on his on-field relationship with the matchwinner.
He said: “We try the same tactic frequently in the league too: if Carlitos drifts wide, it’s second nature that someone follows his run. He can take on his man and thread the ball through the defence.”
The 30-year-old defender insisted that Olympiacos’ success over last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid tonight had no bearing on the Bianconeri’s Champions League fate.
“Olympiacos’ victory doesn’t change anything on paper for us. There are tough games ahead for the team, especially the ones in Spain and Greece where the atmosphere will be red-hot. Let’s play the matches and then we’ll see.”
The Swiss defender passed over the microphone to Asamoah, whose delicious flick set up Juventus’ opening goal of the evening, with the Ghanaian explaining how a change in tactics led to Tevez’s first Champions League strike since 2009.
The 25-year-old said: “I spoke with the boss during the half-time break. Normally, I try and sneak in behind the defenders but they were tracking my run [during the first-half].
“So we tried something different, by leading from the front I was able to provide an assist for Carlos’ goal. I’m happy for him.”