With a starting berth and a promising opening to the campaign already under his belt after Saturday’s victory over Fiorentina, Mario Lemina has good cause to be optimistic for the season ahead.
Likewise Juventus whose curtain raising triumph at the weekend was their 27th win in 29 Serie A matches, continuing the stunning form that carried all them all the way to a fifth consecutive league title in May.
For Lemina however, now is not the time to be resting on one’s laurels. With a testing trip to the Stadio Olimpico to face Lazio on the horizon, the Gabonese midfielder has called on his team-mates to keep complacency at bay in the capital and ensure they leave with nothing less than three points.
Speaking to the Sky and Mediaset cameras, Mario had this to say of the Biancocelesti and beyond.
“Lazio never give you an easy game and this weekend’s meeting will be no different. To get the right result we’ll need to play as we did against Fiorentina and remain focused for the full 90 minutes.
“I feel wanted here, both by the club and the coaching staff, and knowing that what you are doing is appreciated gives you all the motivation you need to give your all on matchday.
“Wherever the coach needs me to play, I’ll be there. There isn’t a position that I have a natural preference for; I’m just as happy in front of the defence as I am further forward.
“The new signings have bolstered what was already an excellent squad. We can expect the same title rivals to challenge us this season and we know they will all be pushing as hard as possible to knock us off our stride.”