Arturo Vidal says he is raring to go for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Olympiacos and insists the Bianconeri will leave no stone unturned in their quest to emerge victorious.
The midfielder believes the team were unfortunate to walk away from the first meeting of the sides empty-handed and claims an early goal in Turin could prove the key to edging out Michel’s men.
Speaking exclusively to Sky in Vinovo, Vidal began: “I’m in decent shape, I’ve played a lot of games. We approach Tuesday’s clash in good form: every match is a final for us, not just this one, but Olympiacos will be a really important encounter.
“They played their game in the first meeting, scoring from one of the two moves they strung together. This time we need to score quickly and put in a top notch performance.”
Despite Italy’s sides enduring a stop-start introduction to the group stages, Vidal sees no reason why Juventus and Roma cannot harbour ambitions of overcoming clubs with more recent European experience.
“There’s not a great deal of difference between the big European clubs. Juventus and Roma aren’t far away at all and either could get close to their levels.
“Now the minimum objective is to get through the group stages, then we’ll see what happens. Everyone’s dream is to win the competition, but we need to take things step by step.”
Ending with a thought on Serie A, the Chilean international tipped Napoli to force their way back into title contention after yesterday's win over Roma and used the example of Wednesday in Genoa to warn of the pitfalls of the Bianconeri dropping their guard.
“It’s important to stay out on top in the league. Roma are a strong side but we also need to look out for Benitez’s men, if they play as they did against the Giallorossi they’re a quality outfit. We however must always remain fully focused, right until the end.
“We’ve struggled a bit in the first halves because our opponents always pull out all the stops against us. But then, as we did yesterday, we get the game back within our grasp and win. It didn’t happen in Genoa, but that will teach us that we mustn’t ever put a foot wrong.”