Five days after resuming training following the festive period and four before Juventus’ return to Serie A action, Vinovo is a place of intense preparations for the second part of the season.
Upon completing this morning’s workout, Stefano Sturaro took some time out to speak to Sky Sport about the Bianconeri’s aspirations for 2016, but the midfielder stressed that he and his team-mates are firmly focused on the short-term, starting with next Wednesday’s match at home to Hellas Verona.
He began: “We’re taking each game at a time. To start talking about the title now would be premature and the wrong way to go about things because we’re only at the midway point of the season.”
Sturaro has played no small part in Juventus’ revival during November and December, scoring in the 3-0 win against Palermo during an impressive seven-match winning streak in the league that has propelled them to within three points of table-topping Inter.
Indeed, his side’s recent showings of tenacity, solidity, tactical flexibility and a way of winning have led the 22-year-old to believe that they have improved in certain areas on the previous campaign, his first in the black and white stripes.
“Our desire to win and better ourselves with every match and training session is perhaps even greater than it was last year.
“This team is extremely versatile, a lot of the guys are able to excel in a number of positions. Therefore, the 3-5-2 is not necessarily the only formation that we can play, even though it’s worked out well for us recently.
“We know that there’ll be some games where we need to vary up our approach, but we’ve certainly got the depth of squad to do just that.”
The above qualities will certainly be of great importance during Juve’s Champions League last 16 meeting with Bayern Munich.
Previewing the two-legged tie to be played in February and March, Sturaro remained upbeat about his team’s chances of overcoming what he acknowledged were formidable opponents.
He concluded: “Bayern is a European powerhouse, but we’ll be looking to play to the best of our abilities over the two matches. We have the possibility of getting through.”