Claudio Marchisio has outlined the Bianconeri’s determination to maintain their lofty perch at the top of Serie A and write history by winning a third successive title come May.
The midfielder, speaking to Christina Chiabotto on JTV’s Filo Diretto, took the opportunity to look back on a memorable 2013 when working his way through the host of questions sent in by fans this afternoon.
Marchisio began: “This year will end in the best possible way, with us in first place. We’ve now got a different rival who will try to overtake us, but we want to keep winning.
“It’s important for us to continue our journey that started two and a half years ago. The first year was a surprise for everyone, but it was an incredible and unforgettable run, enjoyed in our new stadium.
“We matured and grew in the second year and the eventual outcome was never in doubt. Now we’ll try again with the knowledge that winning a third successive title would enable us to go down in the club’s history.”
Leaving the past behind, the 27-year-old then considered a “decisive” few months which he believes will have a crucial bearing on the final destination of this year’s domestic and European honours.
“There are many objectives to chase, both at Juventus and with the national side. I’ve seen the fixture list and we’ve got six intense months ahead of us. I personally believe the first months of 2014, when we have direct encounters against our rivals, will prove to be decisive. That’s why it’s crucial to recharge the batteries and return from the break fully fired up.
“Europa League? We know the final will be played at Juventus Stadium and we want to try and get there. But we’re also aware that the presence of many important teams means it won’t be an easy feat to achieve.”
When asked about his favourite moments as a Juventus fan, the boyhood Bianconeri supporter and successful academy graduate smiled as he recounted a childhood memory of watching his favourite team in action.
“I still remember the Intercontinental Cup final in 1996, when I argued with my parents to stay at home and watch the game instead of going to school. It was an immense joy.
“The years I spent in the club’s youth academy were important, I received plenty of advice. There’s a reason why many youngsters who come through the system have made it to the top as professionals.”
Ending with a thought on his own personal future, Marchisio concluded: “I’m very happy here and have no intention of leaving. I want to stay with Juventus for as long as possible.”