Simone Padoin has predicted another hard-fought game on Wednesday night against Parma, but believes the Bianconeri’s tenacity will be more than a match for a Gialloblu side with European aspirations.
Roberto Donadoni’s men have been in sensational form since the turn of the new year, winning eight and drawing three, and will have every reason to fancy their chances of pushing Juventus all the way when they travel to Turin.
Yet Padoin says the team’s desire to keep up their title charge, coupled with the impact of a passionate crowd at Juventus Stadium, will ensure the fifth-placed visitors have their work cut out.
Speaking to Jtv on the return trip from Catania, the 30-year-old said: “It will be a close one. They’ve only picked up a few less points than we have in 2014, they’re in great physical and mental shape and will come wanting to win the game. However, they’ll be up against a Juventus side who don’t want to give anyone a way out.
“We need to continue our form at the stadium. The public will keep supporting us as they always have done, they’re truly our twelfth man.”
The versatile midfielder, who joined Juventus from Atalanta in 2012, was included in the Bianconeri’s starting line-up for last night’s victory over Catania and worked hard in the midfield battle to shut down any potential threats on the counter.
A battling display in testing conditions earned praise from Antonio Conte, and Padoin was quick to repay the compliment by attributing the squad’s consistent performances to both the manager’s intense training sessions and strong spirit fostered within the camp.
“It’s pleasing to hear the coach’s words of praise, it wasn’t an easy game by any stretch of the imagination. The performances of those who play a little less come down to the hard work we do during the week. When we get the call due to injuries or suspensions we’re able to respond as best we can.
“The group’s strength is certainly a positive aspect. As the manager often says we’re doing something incredible. Hats off to those who are chasing us, such as Roma and Napoli, but we never give in. We keep winning and hope the Scudetto will arrive as soon as possible.”