After putting in a typically combative performance at the heart of the Bianconeri defence in this evening’s 1-1 draw with Cagliari at Juventus Stadium, Andrea Barzagli was on hand to discuss a whole range of subjects in his post-match chat.
Here is a selection of his thoughts:
“I thought today’s game was tough, but we knew that beforehand. We did well and fought right until the end. Credit naturally goes to Cagliari, who put in a fine performance.”
“Paul is young and possesses such strength that he doesn’t need to get back into the swing of things regardless of his two-month absence. Today’s game was an important test and the boss will decide on his availability for Madrid.”
“We’re very focused for Wednesday’s encounter and aware of its importance.
“We know that it’s a semi-final return leg and Real Madrid will give it their all. We’ll see if Kroos [who limped off injured during Los Blancos’ game with Valencia] will be fit enough, but we need to put in a great performance in order to progress.”
“Getting to the final would be fantastic for us, especially because so few thought we would make it this far. But we’re here and dreams are great, so let’s hope they come true.”