Rarely without a smile on his face and always a proponent of enjoying the game whatever the circumstances, there is no doubting the infectious nature of a character like Juan Cuadrado.
While the Colombian’s samba-style dribbling and all-action performances have provided crucial goals at crucial moments already this season, the wing wizard has also been taking something away from his team-mates since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer: an unrelenting desire to win.
Sitting down with Sky and Mediaset this afternoon, Cuadrado was typically quick to point out that a 13-match winning streak and the possibility of dealing a critical blow to title rivals Napoli next weekend will mean nothing if the Bianconeri fail to get a result at third-bottom Frosinone on Sunday.
“Undoubtedly our meeting with Napoli will be huge and possibly decisive for the title race but, at the same time, it will lose most of its value if we don’t beat Frosinone,” he began.
“These are exactly the kind of games that can trip you up. For that reason, we’ll need to approach it with the same desire and will to win that we have shown in the last two months or so.
“We weren’t at our best against Genoa but that can happen when you are playing every three days. The important thing is that we won and kept our focus.