Brazilian midfielder Hernanes puts the Juventus effect into words ahead of Sunday’s tie with Udinese: “There is a winning atmosphere here that soaks into your very skin”
A cerebral, thoughtful player with an eye for a pass, it should come as no surprise that Brazilian midfielder Anderson Hernanes de Carvalho Viana Lima is just as pensive and perceptive off the field as he is on it with the ball at his feet.
For example, ask him for a comment on the atmosphere and character of the Juventus dressing room and you will receive an answer that delves into the very nature of winning via a brief aside on biological science and the Bianconeri’s famous collective mentality.
Chatting to the Sky Sport cameras ahead of Sunday’s Serie A encounter with Udinese the Brazilian began, “From the players to the backroom staff, we all sing from the same hymn sheet. There is a lovely and friendly atmosphere but at the same time, as Edgar Davids once said, you are taught how to win here.
“I read a book recently by Bruce Lipton (American stem cell biologist, specialising in the connection between cells and the spirit) in which he says that every cell adapts to its environment. So, in a winning atmosphere like this, it’s only natural that your own way of thinking changes too. If you like, your cells all become black and white!”