15.11.2017 18:30 - in: Women S

      Salvai enjoying new lease of life at Juventus

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      Juventus Women defender, Cecilia Salvai, previews Saturday's match against Sassuolo

      Juventus Women and Italy defender Cecilia Salvai is blessed with great vision, can play with both feet, is quick in the tackle and has good anticipation.

      She joined the Bianconeri women’s team when it was founded before the start of the season and soon showed what she can do with a brace against Torino in the return leg of the Coppa Italia tie. 

      Ahead of the match against Sassuolo on Saturday 18 November, she sat down for an exclusive interview with Juventus TV.


      “Joining Juventus has given me a new lease of life and I'm learning all the time,” Salvai explained. “It’s the start of an adventure for us – everything is completely new. 

      "Juventus coming onto the scene has had a big impact on women’s football in Italy: it’s changed the mentality and increased the level of professionalism.

      “We have a good group of girls and a nice mix of different ages. We have youngsters, for whom we try to act as role models, and more experienced footballers. I’ve got a great relationship with the girls I already knew and I think we can learn a lot from our foreign imports."


      “I’ve known Rita Guarino for many years,” Salvai said of the coach. “Our relationship is strong, based on trust, respect and openness. We talk every day and she gives me advice. That’s fundamental for my growth as a player.”


      Although this weekend’s opponents may be rooted to the bottom of Serie A, Salvai isn’t taking Sassuolo lightly at all.

      “Sassuolo have zero points so they’ll be determined to get some on the board,” the 23-year-old continued. “On paper, there are no soft opponents and our away games against Bari and Empoli have proved that.”


      Finally, Cecilia revealed the piece of technique she dreams of being able to execute in a match.

      “It really is nothing more than a dream, but I’d love to score a bicycle kick!”

      Juventus Women vs Sassuolo Femminile kicks off at 14:30 CET on Saturday on the Ale&Ricky pitch at Vinovo. You can watch the match live and on demand at Juventus Pass.

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