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    04.11.2015 17:00 - in: Serie A S

    Sturaro: “A hard-earned draw”

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    Stefano Sturaro reflects on Tuesday’s 1-1 with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League and looks ahead to Sunday’s match against Empoli

    Stefano Sturaro described Tuesday’s draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League as a point earned rather than two dropped.

    Juventus came from behind courtesy of Stephan Lichtsteiner’s volley on the stroke of half-time and were forced to defend for long periods following Hernanes’ 53rd minute dismissal.

    Speaking to Sky in Vinovo, Sturaro began: “Given how the match panned out, it’s a useful point for us. Borussia are a technically-gifted side. They played with a high intensity and made things difficult for us, but we responded well by becoming more compact when we were under pressure.

    “We need to keep growing as a group and get to know one another better. With each passing game, we face different situations. Every one of us has to give more, even if we’re all professionals, committed to the cause and we’re training very hard.”

    Turning his attentions to Sunday’s trip to Empoli, the 22-year-old admitted that the Bianconeri would need to be on their toes if they are to prevent Marco Giampaolo’s men from enjoying too much time and space on the ball.

    “Empoli are capable of asking similar questions of us as Borussia: they play good football and we’ll need to be compact and deny them space in which to pass the ball around. It’s very important that we bring home three points.”

    Wrapping up the interview, the midfielder reserved special praise for his team-mate and goalscorer last night Stephan Lichtsteiner.

    “Stephan is a fantastic professional, he always trains thoroughly and gives everything out on the pitch in order to win.”

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