Fabio Quagliarella said his goal against Inter was “instinctive,” explains why he hugged Nicolas Anelka and assures Juventus “do not fear Bayern Munich.”
He was an unexpected starter in today’s 2-1 win at San Siro, opening the scoring from distance and setting up Alessandro Matri for the second.
“The goal was instinctive,” he told the media. “I trapped the ball, saw that I had space and so I aimed for goal. I’m very happy, as it’s wonderful to break the deadlock against such a big team.
“I ran to the bench to hug Anelka because he asked me to in the locker room. It’s good to remember those on the bench, as they also work hard all week.
“The Coach has been rotating the strikers for two years now, so we are all relaxed and now our opportunity will come. Nobody here gets annoyed when they don’t play, as the important thing is to be ready when called.”
Juventus now go into the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, who are set to win the Bundesliga title this weekend.
“We have respect for Bayern, but no fear,” assured Quagliarella. “We are going there with the same spirit as always, trying to play our game.
“The Coach keeps his choices to himself until the last minute, so we have no idea who is going to play in Germany.”
Sebastian Giovinco is an injury doubt after Esteban Cambiasso’s terrible tackle on his ankle today, while Mirko Vucinic missed the Inter game with flu symptoms.