Claudio Marchisio has praised the strength of character shown by the Bianconeri in the dying embers of tonight’s Europa League opener against Trabzonspor.
Despite the clash falling just four days after a hard-fought Serie A win over Chievo and only three before Sunday’s Derby della Mole, Antonio Conte’s men dug deep to net a crucial second goal in the very last minute of added time, and it was this determination that pleased the 28-year-old midfielder.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Marchisio began: “At one point we were hoping the final whistle would blow as quick as possible because it was becoming a bit nervy, but instead we went on to score the second goal in those five minutes of added time. It’s given us a bit more breathing space for the away leg.”
He went on to agree that the team’s busy fixture schedule was perhaps starting to take its toll on the hard-working Bianconeri in the second half, before revealing what’s required to deal with it.
“You could see that we were getting a bit tired towards the end, but in these situations you have to remember to use your head and look to block out any aches and pains.”
The chief exponent of this attitude is Carlos Tevez, whose tireless performance Marchisio went on to praise.
“He didn’t let up even for a second, and he won the ball back to lay it on plate for Pogba. As well as being a very talented player, he’s important to the team because he leads from the front with his constant never-say-die spirit.”
The midfielder concluded with some warm words for January signing Dani Osvaldo, who netted the opener on his first start in the black and white stripes.
“Congratulations to Osvaldo, we’re really happy for him tonight.”