Martin Caceres believes the Bianconeri will have to be at the very top of their game if they are to bounce back to winning ways against Chievo on Sunday afternoon at Juventus Stadium.
Having missed out on all three points following Juan Gomez’s last-gasp equaliser for Hellas Verona last weekend, the Uruguayan defender claims the team’s next Serie A encounter has taken on an added significance.
Speaking exclusively to Cristina Chiabotto on JTV, Caceres began: “Our clash with Chievo is a very important game, especially after the two points dropped in Verona. We need a perfect performance, then we’ll turn our attentions to the Europa League.”
While next Thursday’s Round of 32 home leg against Trabzonspor remains on the horizon for now, this weekend will see closest Scudetto contenders Roma look to make inroads into the Bianconeri’s nine-point lead at the top of Serie A.
And Caceres claims there will be no letting up in the team’s efforts to keep the Giallorossi at bay and clinch a historic third successive league title.
“We’ve got Roma chasing us and they’ll give us a good run for our money all the way, but we’ll give our all to win the Scudetto come the end of the season.”
At just 26 years of age, Caceres already possesses a wealth of experience both on European and international fronts.
A regular with La Celeste, who booked their place to this summer’s World Cup with a play-off victory over Jordan, the versatile defender has also featured for the likes of Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus at club level.
And the Montevideo-born star believes he has picked up plenty of pointers along the way.
He concluded: “I’ve always played in defence and find the Uruguayan championship considerably different to European football. The differences between Italy and Spain? I’d say the Italian game is a lot more physical and greater attention is placed on tactics.”