Claudio Marchisio believes Juventus will be in for a tough encounter when they line up to face Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The midfielder, whose first Bianconeri Serie A goal came against the Viola on 24 January 2009, will be expected to assist an injury-hit strikeforce by inflicting further damage through his characteristic bursts into the penalty area from deep.
But whilst acknowledging the potential difficulties that could be faced against a talented Fiorentina outfit on home soil, Marchisio insists the game also represents the ideal occasion for the team’s forwards to stake their claim for a regular starting berth.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sport Italia, the 27-year-old said: “The strikers will now have the opportunity to play and show what they can do, so we hope goals can also come from them.
“Absences aside, it will be a difficult game. It was tough in Florence last year, perhaps the only match in which we weren’t able to impose our style of play. We’ll be stepping out into a red-hot atmosphere, their manager has made his mark on his team and they have quality in middle of the park.”
Marchisio is already bracing himself for an intense midfield battle with Vincenzo Montella’s men, pinpointing experienced playmaker David Pizarro as the one to put the shackles on if the Bianconeri are to return to Turin with a positive result.
“Pizarro is probably the best after Andrea Pirlo in that particular role. He possesses great quality and is the one who makes them tick. If we manage to stop him then we’ll be able to cause them a few problems.
“I think the game is important for both sides. You need to try and drop as few points as possible at this stage of the season in order to keep up the pace with the other front runners.”