20 October 2015
From his official unveiling back in July to his first Bianconero goal against Bologna earlier in the month to a fine midfield showing at the San Siro last Sunday, Sami Khedira has looked every bit the Juventus player since joining the club last summer.
Addressing to the media ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach, Juve’s enforcer left the journalists gathered at Juventus Stadium in no doubt of the smoothness of his transition from the white of Real Madrid to the black and white of the Old Lady.
Music to the ears of Bianconeri fans not only for Wednesday’s clash with Gladbach but also for the rest of the season ahead.
Speaking in his native German, he began: “Physically, I feel very good. We have a fantastic backroom team and medical staff and they’ve helped me immensely since I arrived. I think I’ve settled into the squad and my new surroundings and I really feel at home here in Turin.
“As a squad, we’re beginning to gel well after a tough start to the season. We’ve had a few injuries in recent weeks but now we’re all starting to find a bit of form and becoming more flexible tactically at the same time. There are plenty of games ahead and we will only continue to improve.”
For Khedira, “one of the best players in Europe in his position” according to his new boss Massimiliano Allegri, such cohesion was there for all to see in Milan at the weekend as the Bianconeri produced a fine team performance.
“We were very organised against Inter. We looked comfortable for long periods and we dominated the game particularly in the second half. Of course, we could have been more clinical in front of goal but as a team overall, we’re constantly growing and learning from each other.”
Turning his attentions to challenges ahead, the Bianconeri’s number six was confident that a similar showing was in the offing under the Juventus Stadium lights on Wednesday evening.
“We’ve produced some excellent performances in the Champions League and the most important thing for us tomorrow is to make sure we maintain that same level tomorrow night.
“Borussia are dangerous, they are a threatening team that play with pace and energy. We are the home side though; we know our strengths and we’re confident of keeping up our good European form.”
And as for facing his compatriots?
“Playing against German opposition is always an interesting experience but at the end of the day, my objective remains the same, to play well and to come away with all three points.”
Business as usual for Sami Khedira.