Simone Pepe has affirmed his desire to maintain the victorious tradition that has brought the Bianconeri a trio of Scudetto titles and two Super Cup triumphs in the last three years.
The winger, who joined the club from Udinese in the summer of 2010, tasted his first trophy success in 2012 and insists the winning feeling is something he will never tire of.
Speaking exclusively on Jtv’s ‘Filo Diretto’, Pepe began: “We have many targets this season because we’re out to win all three competitions – Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League. I’d never won anything before coming here and when you start winning you always want more. Three league titles aren’t enough, you want four, then five. It’s only natural.”
It has been a tough couple of years for the Rome-born midfielder, whose injury difficulties have restricted him to a handful of fleeting first-team appearances.
But after coming through a long and drawn out rehabilitation process, Pepe insists he is fighting fit and ready to push for a place in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting line-up.
“I’m in good shape and have been for the past four to five months. I’m training with the team every day and that’s important as far as I’m concerned. I had a long and serious injury but you need to keep going. I wanted to get back in action and put this period behind me.”
Whilst sightings of Pepe on the field of play have been few and far between in recent times, he remains a crucial and popular presence in the Juventus dressing room, where his sunny disposition and jocular nature are important in fostering a good team spirit.
“We’ve got a great group of lads here. There are the more vocal ones and those who are a little quieter. I’m the one who never shuts up! I like to joke around with everyone.”
Once the international break draws to a close, Juventus will regroup in Vinovo to work towards next Saturday’s Serie A return against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
As a player who began life in Roma’s academy, Pepe knows a thing or two about the Giallorossi’s arch rivals and believes they will represent a decent test after finding their feet in recent weeks.
“Lazio perhaps started alongside us as one of the favourites, but they’re now getting back to their rightful place. They’ve done well and had some good wins. They’re a good team as far as I’m concerned and it will definitely be a tough game for us.”