Stefano Sturaro says Borussia Dortmund’s recent domestic renaissance will make Tuesday’s meeting an even tougher prospect for the Bianconeri but is confident the Serie A leaders will go into the game fully prepared for any eventuality.
Speaking exclusively to Jtv’s ‘Filo Diretto’, the 21-year-old began: “I’m expecting a combative game between two strong sides. Borussia are on the up after coming through a difficult period, so it will be a tough match, as all Champions League encounters are.
“Our preparations are coming on nicely, but we know we must give absolutely everything we’ve got and even more if we’re going to do well.”
The midfielder is preparing to experience the magic of Champions League nights for the first time in his career after linking up with the Bianconeri on a permanent basis in January.
Despite the initial daunting prospect of training alongside established household names on a daily basis, Sturaro says his down to earth team-mates have immediately put him at ease and made him feel welcome in Turin.
“I was happy when I got the call, but not surprised because I already knew I’d be here at some stage - my arrival was just brought forward by a few months.
“I’m getting on well and need to thank my team-mates for the great advice they’re giving me. Everything’s new, but thankfully I’ve got two familiar faces in Matri and De Ceglie who are helping me to settle in.
“It’s intimidating to play against Juventus because you find yourself up against legends of the game and that’s a bit strange. But when you play together you realise they’re normal people and great guys who you can only learn from.”
Sturaro will provide a useful option for Massimiliano Allegri as the season motors into its final three months, offering versatility across the midfield and a strong engine.
“I’m naturally right-footed, even though I’m also fairly adept with my left. I can play anywhere across midfield and feel comfortable in a variety of a positions, which is something that works in my favour. I’m a willing runner and happy to offer that to my team-mates.”
Any opportunities to impress between now and the end of the season will surely be seized with both hands by the former Genoa man, who says he is eager to kick on by the time 2015/16 rolls around.
“My aim for the rest of the term is to settle in well and make my mark so I can get off to a great start next season.”