Mauricio Isla has sent out a statement of intent ahead of Juventus’ Europa League meeting with Fiorentina tomorrow night, expressing his desire to lift the trophy in front of the Bianconeri fans.
The final of the competition this year is to be held at none other than Juventus Stadium, and Isla confirmed that this will serve as extra motivation to try and overcome what he considers a tricky Viola side in tomorrow’s 21.05 CET last 16 first leg.
Speaking alongside Antonio Conte at the Bianconeri pre-match press conference in Vinovo, the Chilean began: “It would be really nice for us to play the final at home and win it for the fans.”
“I think tomorrow will be tough because Fiorentina have lots of players who can do damage. We need to be wary, but we also need to play our own game. When we put in a true Juve performance, we can beat anyone.”
When playing for Juventus, the 25-year-old has sometimes struggled to find the consistency that has made him an indispensable name on the Chilean national team sheet, something which he puts down to his own lack of confidence.
“It’s my fault, because although the manager, my teammates and the club have always fully trusted in my abilities, I haven’t had that belief in myself.”
However, Isla’s last outing in the Europa League was one of his very best in the black and white stripes, providing an assist as well as a constant threat down the wing away at Trabzonspor, and he is now determined to ensure his form remains strong for a side in which he feels right at home.
“It was a point of pride for me moving from Udinese to Italy’s top club and I feel very happy here, so I now want to keep showing the confidence I have with the national side and that I demonstrated in that last Europa League game.”