January transfer window arrival Stefano Sturaro says he is relishing the opportunity to make the step up to the big stage when Juventus host Milan in this weekend’s big match.
The 21-year-old, recalled from his loan at Genoa by Massimiliano Allegri, is expected to go straight into the squad for the visit of the Rossoneri and claims he and his team-mates are excited at the prospect of locking horns with a historic rival in Turin.
Speaking to Sky Sport, Sturaro began: “It will be a tough game, because both sides possess great players, but we’re fired up and focused. Our seven-point lead over Roma can be viewed as both a positive and negative, because you can’t ever let your guard down. Our advantage needs to spur us on to do even better.”
After officially swapping Liguria for Piedmont on Monday, Sturaro immediately laced his boots and linked up with his new team-mates in training.
And a few days into his experience, the midfielder only has glowing words to use about the way he has been welcomed into the group.
“Everyone’s been great and made me instantly feel at ease. It’s crucial for my team-mates and manager to believe in me, and I’ll do my very best to give the boss a selection headache.”
The upcoming Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund represents another exciting prospect for Sturaro, who says he is eager to take in the experience of being involved in Europe’s elite competition.
“I can’t even start to imagine what playing in the Champions League will be like, it will represent a completely new experience for me. I’ll look to adapt as quickly as possible and do my bit for the team.”