Stephan Lichtsteiner took part in the big build-up to Sunday night’s Serie A showdown against Napoli with an appearance on Jtv’s ‘Filo Diretto’ show this afternoon.
The defender, who joined Juventus from Lazio in 2011, is no stranger to the intensity of emotions involved whenever two of Serie A’s biggest sides go head-to-head.
Speaking to Cristina Chiabotto, Lichtsteiner began: “The game with Napoli is always a significant affair. It’s a very, very tough clash because it pits two big teams together and both always play to win.”
With Juventus motoring along at an exceptional pace on the domestic front, Lichtsteiner says he is equally determined to help the team succeed in Europe, where Lyon represent the next hurdle in an enticing quarter-final match-up.
“As a player you dream of winning everything. After going out of the Champions League it’s important to immediately pick ourselves up and hope to win the Europa League.”
This 30-year-old’s tenacity on the field of play perfectly embodies the fighting spirit encouraged by Antonio Conte, a mentality he believes provides him with the required competitive edge.
He concluded: “It’s important to be another person on the pitch, because if you’re too kind then you won’t get anywhere. It’s part of my character. Others are calmer than I am. The important thing is to have the right mix as a team.”