Juventus custodian Marco Storari lifted the lid on a variety of topics during an exclusive interview with Sky Sport this afternoon.
The 38-year-old discussed the Scudetto, Champions League and Coppa Italia honours the Bianconeri are pushing for, underlining the team’s burning desire to go all the way in each competition.
He also found time to talk about his impact in the dressing room before revealing his belief that the long-term future of Italian goalkeeping is in safe hands.
Here’s a selection of Marco’s thoughts taken from the interview:
“Once again this season began as a head-to-head fight with Roma, and as the games have gone by we’ve managed to accumulate a healthy lead. There have also been a few slip-ups from the chasing pack, but I think a lot of it is down to how well we’ve performed.”
“We enjoyed a decent group stage and an excellent last 16, in both legs, against Borussia, knowing that we were a strong side and capable of getting through to the next round. Nothing’s changed with respect to our other campaigns, because we’ve always tackled the Champions League with the desire to win and perform well. The difference lies in the results we’re getting.”
“We know we’ll be lining up against a side in great form. Two mistakes cost us the first leg and now we want to overturn the scoreline, because the Coppa Italia is a target we’ve missed out on for many years. If we were ever able to win the Coppa Italia it would be extra special for me as it’s a competition I start in.”
Dressing room influence
“I think I’m important because I possess the enthusiasm of a youngster, but I’m also able to give out a bit of extra advice as one of the elder statesmen. As the years have gone by I’ve become a more level-headed person.”
“I think a goalkeeper also needs to be technically strong and from this point of view Gigi remains number one as far as I’m concerned. People speak a lot about about Neuer, who is a great goalkeeper and has exceptional physical qualities, but for the characteristics required by those who play in our position I think Gigi is the best. Other goalkeepers I like? In Italy there are many emerging youngsters who could carve out an important future for themselves.”