Claudio Marchisio reveals he wants to be “the Francesco Totti of Juventus” and aims for yet another Turin Derby goal.
The midfielder has a great history in this fixture, putting three goals past them in the last two meetings.
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“I’d love to be the Francesco Totti of Juventus. I won’t make comparisons on role or history, but I hope to end my career with this jersey,” Marchisio told the Corriere dello Sport.
“Is that what Alessandro Del Piero thought? We all know what happened. Francesco will be fortunate enough to terminate his career at Roma, but Alessandro’s Australian experience with Sydney cannot make anyone forget what he did for the Bianconeri.”
Yet over the summer Marchisio complained in the media that he would walk away if the club no longer felt he was needed.
“I just had to blow off steam because I was constantly reading in the papers that I was being linked to this or that club. I wanted clarity, the club publicly supported me, so I didn’t have any more doubts after that.”
He also spoke to Tuttosport ahead of the Derby della Mole and can’t wait to see how new teammate Carlos Tevez deals with the situation.
“Carlos has that spirit that perhaps we all need to rediscover. Seeing how eager he is to get goals reminds me of that sporting aggression we had in the first year under Antonio Conte.
“There’s no point hiding it, after two years of success you run the risk of thinking it might be easier this time round. Instead, we can see there’s absolutely nothing easy about it. In fact, the teams we face know us better and are able to tactically close us down.
“The Scudetto rivals are also stronger than in the past and this has to act as an alarm bell. We need to wake up.”
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