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Tuesday August 22 2017
Matuidi: ‘Juventus dream of CL’

Blaise Matuidi says “everyone dreams of winning the Champions League, but you can’t do it overnight” after joining Juventus.

The Bianconeri have won the Scudetto for the past six seasons in a row, and have won the Coppa Italia in each of the past three years.

However, they’ve been beaten in the Champions League final in both 2015 and 2017, and haven’t lifted the trophy since 1996.

“When you have ambitions it’s clear that you try to win everything,” Matuidi pointed out in his presentation Press conference.

“It’s easy to say that, but putting it into practice isn’t easy. I’m in a team that’s used to winning, and that’ll help me to give my best an help the team achieve our goals.

“In football many things can happen, the important thing is to give everything on the pitch and be happy with what we’ve done over the season.

“I think the team has done great things so far, and we need to continue along these lines.

“Everyone dreams of winning the Champions League, but you can’t do it overnight, it’s a long-term job and there are a lot of very good teams.

“We’re one of the teams aiming for that long-awaited triumph, but at the same time Serie A is very important, it’s our bread and butter which allows us to be real Champions League contenders.

“Winning the Champions League is difficult, it’s very difficult. I’m now at a club that has won the Champions League in the past but still wants to win the Champions League.

“It’s clear that there’s an ocean between saying something and doing something, but this is a club which has reached the final in the last three seasons, which means they’d been doing very important work.

“Winning the Champions League depends on a lot of factors, and a lot of top teams are trying to win it.

“It takes daily work, and as I’ve said we want to improve and add this trophy.

“Serie A is a very important, very interesting league. It’s a huge honour to be part of this team which will surely win a lot of games and hope for a lot of trophies.”

It has been suggested that the Bianconeri could move to a midfield three with Matuidi’s arrival, but the 30-year-old has no preference tactically.

“It doesn’t make a difference for me. In France I usually play in a two, in my club teams I’ve played in a three so I think both are good.

“Then of course the Coach [Max Allegri] will make his choices. In terms of tactics you’d have to ask the Coach, I’ll just try to perform regardless of the role I’m given.

“In a team each player brings his own characteristics, and I’m one of the players. It’s clear that I’ll do my utmost to get the best results with my attributes.

“Even at 30 I have the desire to improve, to do my best, and I’ll try to interpret the instructions the Coach gives to the team.

“It’s by all players making their contribution that a team gets stronger.”

The France international was then asked if he’s disappointed to have left Paris Saint-Germain now, with the signing of Neymar and the imminent arrival of Kylian Mbappé.

“No, I’m absolutely not disappointed,” Matuidi insisted.

“I’m happy and honoured to wear this shirt, it was a choice. After so many years it’s clearly difficult to leave those colours, but I have a huge determination, a huge will to win.

“Wearing this shirt is an honour, not everyone gets this chance and I’ll try to take the opportunity I’ve been given.

“I’m very proud, if you look at all the French players who have worn this shirt they’re all great players.

“It’s a source of great pride to be part of this team, it’s a pleasure and above all the welcome I received was beautiful.

“It’s no coincidence that these players [Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet] showed their best in a Juve shirt.

“I’m particularly proud to join this array of French players who have made their mark for this prestigious club.”

Dani Alves made the opposite journey to Matuidi, swapping Turin for Paris, and he attacked the organisation of the Old Lady after his move.

“I’ve found a very organised club, everything is fine and I have no worries about it. In fact the welcome at every level, from players to directors has been fantastic.

“This is a great family and I’m just happy to be part of it.

“Dani Alves told me good things about this club, honestly I’ve only heard great things and I’m very honoured to be part of this family.”

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