Bianconeri defender Angelo Ogbonna says he has settled in well to life in the black and white stripes following his summer move across the city from rivals Torino.
The 25-year-old, guest of JTV presenter Cristina Chiabotto on this afternoon’s Filo Diretto show, admitted it took him a while to adapt to Antonio Conte’s training methods, but insists he now feels at ease with the manager’s expectations.
He began: “I was given a great welcome by both the fans and the players and this helped me a great deal. Not everybody is lucky enough to become part of a glorious club like Juventus and I’d like to thank those who wanted me here.
“Perhaps I’ve taken a while to adapt to the workload, it’s completely different to the training I was used to. Five months have gone by now and I think I’ve learned a lot. I’m in tune with the systems and everything’s coming along nicely.”
One of Ogbonna’s greatest strengths is his ability to cover a variety of positions in either a three or four-man backline.
And whilst believing he can offer his full range of characteristics when deployed at the heart of defence, the imposing stopper says he has no preference as far as the system is concerned.
“I can express all my qualities as a central defender, whilst I made my first Serie A appearances as a full-back. They are different roles and when you play out wide you need to give more from a physical point of view. Perhaps I might have struggled a bit at the start, but from then on I was OK.
“A three or four-man defence? I don’t have a preferred system, but it’s best to have more options, also because it enables you to change things when assessing the opposition.”
The Azzurri international then sought to champion the talents of two of his team-mates before lifting the lid on the identities of his boyhood idols.
He added: “I would give the Ballon d'Or to Andrea Pirlo. The team-mate who has impressed me the most? I’d say Paul Pogba’s got the most talent. My role models? I’ve always liked Lilian Thuram and Marcel Desailly, both as footballers and as human beings.”