Claudio Marchisio has dismissed the idea that Juventus are running low on energy after a long and fixture-heavy campaign, instead confirming that the side are in fact raring to tackle the remaining obstacles in their hunt for domestic and European glory.
The 28-year-old midfielder has led by energetic example this season as Juve have climbed to the top of the Serie A table and stayed there, covering all areas of the park and creating 29 goalscoring chances to date.
And he said today that the Bianconeri have no intention of dropping off the pace.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Italia, Marchisio began: “We’re full of energy, and you can see it on the field: the team’s in good shape, doesn’t go too much for broke and is very clinical. It means that we’ve matured a lot, especially in this past year.”
The midfielder has shown great maturity of his own this season in adapting to the different role he has sometimes been asked to play by Antonio Conte, and he went on to give his take on the challenge.
“It’s never a burden changing role. In fact, sometimes I really like it. I’m lucky that I have a team-mate like Pirlo to learn from every day for when I play in his position.”
Next on the agenda was Benfica, who Juve will face in the Europa League semi-finals after Marchisio’s goal against Lyon effectively sealed qualification on Thursday at Juventus Stadium.
“We know that we’re up against one of the favourites. It’s a very important trophy, all the more so for the fact that Italian sides have often struggled a bit in recent years since Inter won the Champions League.
“We’ve pulled off a feat no Italian team has managed for many years in reaching the semi-finals, which is a point of pride.”
Like all of his team-mates, it’s clear to see that Marchisio is keen to run out at Juventus Stadium when the Europa League final comes around on 14 May. But for now his mind is set on keeping their feet on the ground.
“We haven’t won anything yet. If we did manage to win this trophy it would be a great achievement that would then also give us the chance to lift the European Super Cup.”
But before all that, there’s a Serie A fixture away at Udinese to play, a test Marchisio concluded by saying he is fully concentrated on.
“We have to take things game by game, and now we’ve got a trip to Udine that won’t be easy. The important thing is focusing on that and getting the three points.”