01.03.2017 19:30 - in: Serie A S

    Neto: “Mental strength most important for run-in”

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    Bianconeri keeper Norberto Neto looks back on a busy week between the sticks, his passion for goalkeeping and a crucial couple of months to come

    Empoli & Napoli: A key week in our campaign

    “It was great to play in both matches last week. I’m always looking to give my all and whenever I’m out on the field I try to protect the team in the best possible way. No doubt, the last two games were very important in the context of the season as a whole.

    “Whilst against Empoli we managed to get our noses in front earlier on, last night against Napoli we had to dig deep to come back from 1-0 down at half-time.

    “That’s not something that happens very often to Juventus, so credit must go to the whole squad because to fight back from behind against a top team such as Napoli and play the kind of football we did in the second half was a truly positive sign and the latest proof that we’re focused on going all the way on three fronts this season.”

    Always keen to be a keeper! 

    “In years gone by it wasn’t common to see Brazilian goalkeepers playing in Europe, but this is now becoming a far more popular position for people across the country.

    “In my case, my father played in goal and so when I was a kid, like so many children who aspire to be like their dad, I also wanted to be a keeper. When we were picking the teams, I’d always shout “I’m ready! I’ll play in goal!”

    Positive energy essential

    “We’ve so many different nationalities in our side and it’s really important to have a group like ours in which everyone gets on so well with one another. We like to have a laugh and a joke.

    “It’s crucial to create this positive energy in the squad given that we’re working together day in and day out. I believe that if we’re happy while we train, we’re more likely to improve our game.” 

    Keeping our heads under pressure

    “In my opinion, at this stage of the season it’s our strength of character that will count for most. Physically speaking, we’re in very good shape. We’ve almost a whole year’s work behind us. Therefore, it’s more a case of how we handle the mental aspect of our game that will impact on this latter part of the campaign.”

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