Alessandro Matri became the latest Bianconeri star to delight the fans with an appearance at Juventus Summer Village this evening.
After Federico Peluso and Fernando Llorente outlined their hopes for the new season in front of an adoring public, tonight brought the turn of Lombardy-born Matri, who touched on a number of subjects during the course of a 20-minute interview with DJ Nana and Cristina Chiabotto.
Beginning with a reflection on the team’s return to pre-season preparations, the 28-year-old said: “It’s been a tough start, but it’s always nice to get going again and think about the new campaign that’s on the horizon.”
Responding to a question sent in by one of the club’s Twitter followers, Matri confirmed that his first outing and involvement in Juve’s run to the quarter-final stages represented a “dream come true.”
“It was great to make my debut in the Champions League. It’s the most important competition I’ve played in and something you dream of doing as a youngster. It’s a shame we went out in the way we did.”
Moving back to the past, Matri spoke about his first experience of attending a football stadium in person, a moment which provided the inspiration behind his decision to pursue a career as a professional footballer.
“The first game I saw was Inter v Napoli at the San Siro. It was truly exciting. When you step into these immense stadia, full of people, you can only dream of being able to play amongst all these people wanting to see you score.”
Away from the field of play, the former Cagliari forward won admirers from across the globe with his scintillating solo performance in Juventus’ hit Harlem Shake video.
Commenting on the experience, he concluded: “We enjoyed ourselves, it was a good idea. When these things arise, it’s always a pleasure to do them. We hope there’ll be more in the future.”