Before the Bianconeri reconvene after the international break, Juventus' number 27, Stefano Sturaro speaks to Juventus TV about the season so far and life in the famous Black and White stripes
"I feel like I'm almost an old man of the locker room and at the same time I feel good. We needed this little break, we have played a lot of games, and have played more than a lot of other teams. We're not machines, so it's normal that there could be some drop in our performance.
"We have a very intense month in April, after Milan there is Real Madrid and we have to prepare ourselves well for these upcoming challenges with a lot of energy."
"I have to congratulate our coach on winning the Pachina d'Oro award, he says that it is due to our hard work, but we must not forget that it's him and his staff who train and prepare us every day."
"Napoli evokes many memories from me, like my goal ... at the moment the table says that we are the two teams that will compete for the Scudetto, but we do not know what awaits us in the future. A future that starts from Milan and has many direct matches [against top opponents], complicated matches. We must always prepare well and do our best, and then turn the page and think about the next challenge.”
The next challenge after Milan? Real Madrid. “There are good memories as well, that bind me to Real Madrid. Two months after my debut, I started a Champions League semi-final, and this confirms how Allegri is good at integrating everyone, even those who have just arrived. As for me, I do not think about goals in such matches as my role is different, even if certainly goals and assists are great personal joys."
CONSISTENCY AND COMMITMENT
"I always try to get be ready and available to Mister and the team, and as long as they want I will be happy to stay here. An adjective that represents me? Grit, but also commitment. My work is silent and constant, and this is what I try to give Juve. Consistency is important, beyond the technical and physical aspects, because it is difficult to maintain, but it takes a moment to lose.”