Ahead of Saturday’s big Serie A kick-off, Paul Pogba turned back the clock to recall his first appearance in the Juventus starting line-up, which came against this weekend’s opponents Chievo on 22 September 2012.
Having just made the switch from Manchester United, Pogba’s eye-catching displays over pre-season saw him handed the chance to sample life in Italy’s top-flight for the first time during the Bianconeri’s 2-0 win at Juventus Stadium.
And despite his relative inexperience at the time, the midfielder passed the test with flying colours, going on to become a mainstay of the side that completed a third successive Scudetto triumph last May.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sport Italia, the 21-year-old said: “I was happy to make my first start. I hadn’t played much up until then. Now I’m a lot more mature and have developed even further, which is understandable seeing as I’m training alongside experienced champions like Buffon and Pirlo.”
Now an established international himself, Pogba believes the team has what it takes to mount a strong title challenge whilst also chasing glory on the European stage.
“I’m not saying we’re favourites, but if we play with the same concentration and ruthlessness displayed over the last three years we can maintain our winning run. The Champions League is both a dream and target of ours. It’s a competition that every player wants to win.”