30.10.2016 16:00 - in: Champions League S

    Cuadrado: "Confidence high after Napoli"

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    Our Colombian wing wizard speaks the day after Saturday's 2-1 win over Napoli: "We're delighted with the result and it's one that we need to build on"

    Super sub, wing wizard, impact player, whatever you want to call Juan Cuadrado, the Colombian has enjoyed yet another striking start to the campaign for Juventus. 

    And, after contributing strongly to a second Bianconeri league victory in the space of four days having netted the decisive goal against Lyon in the Champions League a week previously, a case could be made for Juan being Juve's in-form star at the moment. 

    Natutally then, there was no shortage of conversation points for the South American and the Sky and Mediaset cameras this afternoon in Vinovo, as Cuadrado looked back on a Saturday night to savour and praised the "togetherness" of Massimiliano Allegri's squad. 

    The key quotes from Juve's number 7 are as follows: 

    Savouring Saturday

    "We're on cloud nine after Saturday's victory. There is a real togetherness in the group and everyone has each other's backs. Beating Napoli is always important but the result itself isn't decisive in the title race." 

    Personal targets

    "I'm pleased with the way I have started the season; I've been ready to contribute to the side whenever I've been called upon so far, whether that's from the bench or from the first whistle. That applies for each and every member of the squad; we all believe in our own abilities.

    "We're well aware of our qualities but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Relative to last season, I'd say we move the ball about with greater intent but, as ever, even that is something that can be developed over the course of this term."

    Compliments for colleagues

    "Claudio Marchisio's return has given us a real boost both on and off the pitch. Gonzalo Higuain was very focused on the job at hand last night and he knew all eyes would be on him. He is a fabulous player and is a part of a really strong frontline. It is the duty of myself and the other creative guys to supply them with as many scoring chances as possible.

    "Saturday's was a hugely important result for us seeing as it keeps us top of the table with a healthy advantage over our rivals."


    "We'll approach Wednesday's meeting with Lyon like any other game, as if it were a final, hopefully with the fans right behind us once more. Our goal is to qualify for the last 16 as group winners."

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