Emanuele Giaccherini has reflected on how Juventus have ‘something extra’ to other teams in Serie A, in the form of their stadium.
The Old Lady are on the march to a third consecutive League title in what would be their third successive season in their new, purpose-built stadium.
For their former diminutive midfielder, the ground and its fans provides a further driving force behind their recent success.
“To play at the Juventus Stadium is something extra,” Giaccherini has considered in today’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport.
“The crowd is another step, the support is contagious and the atmosphere provides a great charge.
“Opponents can feel the pressure on them. I would not say that it means you go to Turin already beaten at the start, but you look around and realise the many difficulties that lie ahead.
“The stadium is an added value, but Juventus are also very strong for who they are, they can win anywhere.
“Their stadium works like the English ones do, they are structured to run seven days a week and not just for the sporting event. In Italy the only example is Juve, but with many projects started it bodes well.
“The stadium is a gem, it is the right size and the pitch is the right distance from the fans. Marassi is a similar ground in Serie A, in Genoa the architecture is close to that in the Premier League.
“Among the many memories I carry from my experience is the goal for Juventus against Catania in the last minute, that was an indescribable feeling.
“Juventus were the favourites this year but the path they have taken has left me stunned, congratulations.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!