Two games back in action. Two wins against Sampdoria and Napoli. It’s been a great few days for Claudio Marchisio, returning to the pitch after six months out through injury.
From discussing the special feeling of tasting victory once more on the hallowed Juventus Stadium turf to his childhood dreams, as well as looking forwards to Wednesday’s Champions League contest against Lyon, here are the Little Prince’s standout quotations from today’s interview with Jtv.
A return to remember
“It’s been great to taste victory again at the Stadium with my team-mates. I need to train with a degree of caution because I’m returning from a long-term injury, but I’m delighted to be back playing.
“I’ve a huge desire to give everything I’ve got for my colleagues, who’ve started the season before me. My return so far has been a positive one. I’m aware that it’s not always easy to maintain energy levels to the max after injuries such as the one I had, but I’m focused on working hard every day to make sure that I’m in the best possible shape out on the pitch.”
Standing ovation vs Sampdoria
“Getting that kind of reception from the fans is a unique feeling. To be out of action for so many months, it’s not easy when you miss playing the game you love. You can’t wait to get back out there again. It’s a moment that I’ll cherish for a long time.”
Raising the Bianconeri bar
“Each year and with every passing day we’re looking to improve the way we play. We’re still at a relatively early stage in the season, but we need to keep raising the bar in order to make sure that we’re in perfect shape for when we enter the business end of the campaign and face top-quality opposition.”
The black and white dream
“Ever since I was a child, it was always such an important dream for me to play at the highest level and win Scudetto titles that I believed I could do it and I hope to win more silverware in the future. It’s normal when you grow older that you become more realistic.
“I was fortunate to have my chance, I set out to take it with both hands and that’s what I managed to do. I think it’s very important that any youngster looking to become a professional footballer makes the most of any situation and that’s not limited to a first-team debut, but also the training sessions with your team-mates and experiencing the atmosphere in the changing room or on the pitch before and during big games."
A look at Lyon
“It’s a very important match. They’re a great side, as we saw a couple of weeks ago when they gave us a tough game. We need to take advantage of the fact that we’re playing at home and that three points would see us into the knockout stages.
“The supporters, as always, are fundamental and we hope to see them in their numbers on Wednesday, cheering us on as we in turn look to give them plenty to shout about.”