When you approach the closing stages of a league season and the hope of winning every trophy available is still very much alive, the ability to switch focus from one competition to the next and maintain the same level of determination and drive becomes more important than ever.
Throughout the past few months and indeed the previous four seasons, Claudio Marchisio has consistently demonstrated that both he and the Juventus sides in which he plays a significant part are prime exponents of the qualities required to be competitive on every front whether it be Serie A, the Coppa Italia or the Champions League.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia and Mediaset just hours after contributing to an 18th victory in 19 league outings, the Bianconeri’s number 8 confirmed that finally now is the time for full attention to be turned to Wednesday’s decisive Champions League last 16 second-leg showdown with Bayern Munich.
For the Bianconero academy graduate, Juve’s second-half showing in Turin last month was proof of not only their capabilities of eliminating one of the tournament’s favourites next week but also of having the necessary mentality to power home to a fifth successive Scudetto crown.
From what can be learnt from that Juventus Stadium encounter and what to expect from Massimiliano Allegri’s men in Munich to a potentially difficult domestic run-in, here is a selection of the key quotes from Marchisio’s meeting with the media this morning: