Stephan Lichtsteiner believes Juventus will be in for a testing afternoon when in-form Sampdoria travel to Turin on Sunday lunchtime - but says he is looking forward to the challenge of facing a team who give as good as they get.
The fourth-placed Blucerchiati have lost just once during a sensational start to the campaign and the Swiss full-back claims full concentration will be required against a nut that has proven tough to crack this season.
Speaking on Filo Diretto, the 30-year-old began: “We must be extremely focused and alert as it will be a very difficult game. Sampdoria are a really strong side with a fine coach who I’m a big fan of. It’s easier for us to play teams who exhibit an open brand of football as opposed to those who sit back.”
With Sampdoria marking the first of two remaining Serie A games ahead of the winter break, Juventus will aim to close a fine year in style by claiming a six-point haul.
Then their attentions will immediately turn to an exciting trip to Qatar, where Napoli provide the opposition for the Super Cup final on Monday 22 December.
Previewing the clash, Lichtsteiner said: “I’m confident about the Super Cup. We’re a strong side but then again so are Napoli. They’ve got an excellent coach, who has won many trophies, but we’ll be fully prepared.”
After safely navigating their way through Group A on Tuesday night, the turn of the new year will see the Bianconeri resume their Champions League duties, with their next destination to be revealed during Monday’s draw for the knockout stages.
Despite the stiff competition in the hat, Lichtsteiner believes the Bianconeri can dare to dream but encouraged them to take one step at a time as they bid to extend their run beyond the last 16.
“It was our duty to get to the last 16. Winning it in the black and white stripes is obviously the biggest dream, but let’s focus on one game at a time. If I had to choose two teams we’d rather avoid I’d go for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.”