The state of Juventus approaching the next hectic burst of Serie A and Champions League fixtures in the coming six weeks? According to Hernanes: confident, focused and eager to go again.
With a return to action at home to Pescara and a crunch European clash with Sevilla on the horizon, the Brazilian called on his team-mates to do whatever it takes to bring home six points at Juventus Stadium and the Estadio Sanchez-Pizjuan respectively today while reflecting on his own solid start to the season.
From personal form and earning the trust of the boss to the winning mentality that prevails in the Bianconeri dressing room, the key quotes from Hernanes' media meeting with Sky and Mediaset are as follows:
“I’m pleased to be getting a run in the side and for the constant backing I receive from the coach. I feel in good form, I was aware all long that I could contribute effectively to the team and the fact that I am featuring regularly is a real sign of trust and a boost for me.”
“The atmosphere in the camp here strikes everyone instantly, and it was something that immediately made an impact on me when I first arrived last season and continues to do so now.
“Even if you’ve experienced winning dressing rooms before, this one really pushes you to give that little bit extra no matter what. As a result, we’re putting together a very strong squad with a great attitude.”
Pescara the priority
“Criticism of how we’ve played so far this season don’t really bother me since these kinds of debates are subjective: what counts is our points tally.”
“Our full focus is on the this weekend after which we can begin laying our plans for beating Sevilla and ensuring we finish top of the group. It will be one of the most important fixtures of the campaign and if we don’t win, our destiny will be out of our own hands.”