With a crucial goal in Copenhagen and another yesterday evening against Chievo Verona, Fabio Quagliarella could not have produced better responses when called upon by Juventus manager Antonio Conte.
And in an interview at the opening of the Trussardi boutique in Turin this evening, he confirmed his happiness in having put in such fine displays, saying “the task of whoever is put into action is to send out good signals, and I’m managing to do that.”
But whilst quite rightly being pleased with his own individual performances, he was quick to point out the need for the team as a whole to concede less goals.
Speaking at the Trussardi event, which he attended along with all his Bianconeri team-mates, the 30-year-old striker commented: “It’s just a shame about the draw in the Champions League. So far we’ve almost always needed to chase, for various reasons.
“At the moment our opponents are managing to score with their first shot and it takes us a bit of time to do the same. Now we need to reverse that order because coming back from behind is hard. Luckily we’ve got the character required to turn a match around.”
Quagliarella went on to offer a comment on Alberto Paloschi’s disallowed goal, which subsequent TV replays ruled to be perfectly legitimate.
“Referees make mistakes just like us players. Credit to Chievo and their fans for being sporting about it. What happened yesterday evening can be an example for us all to learn from.”
The game against Chievo saw the debut of a new strike partnership between Quagliarella and Fernando Llorente, a player whose technical and physical qualities the Neapolitan striker believes are a joy to work with.
“His natural home is the penalty box, and he uses his physique to good effect. With him on the pitch, the style of play changes. More crosses get fired in to take advantage of his qualities, but for me that’s good. As far as I’m concerned I like crosses, because I’m happy making movements in the box.”
He concluded by looking ahead to the mouthwatering derby fixture with Torino on Sunday: “It’s always a special match. They have important motivations to win and it will be hard for us because the Granata are a well organised team who are employed effectively by a brilliant coach.
“I hope it’s a good one this time. I grew up in the Torino youth setup, so for me it’s an extra special game, but I’m very calm about it. Scoring a goal? It’s always nice to do it, and in a game like that it would be even better.”