Alessandro Del Piero was happy with the timing of his first goal at the Juventus Stadium given that it came on the anniversary of Gianni Agnelli’s death.
The legendary Juve patron left us nine years ago on Tuesday – the same day that the captain scored his first goal of the season with a stunner against Roma in the Coppa Italia.
“It was a nice goal and I’m happy to have scored it on such a particular day in this club’s history,” the No 10 noted.
“I think he [Agnelli] would have summed it up with one of his legendary quotes,” continued the 2006 World Cup winner.
Del Piero has struggled for first team action in Turin so far this season, but he insists his goal drought was not a concern.
“Not finding the target until today didn’t make me anxious,” added the 37-year-old. “However, I’ve shaken off a slight burden, because both myself and many fans had been waiting for this goal.
“It was also nice to score because the goal wasn’t just a moment, it came during a good performance, made up of plenty of movement and exchanges with teammates.
“I wanted to play well, get through to the next round and then score a goal.
“Personally speaking, I’m happy, but this evening’s test won’t change much as far as I’m concerned. I’ll continue to prepare to my very best, as always, just like my teammates.
“We’re all working towards the same objective with great commitment.”
The Old Lady, unbeaten this season and the current League leaders, will now either play Milan or Lazio in the semi-finals of the competition.
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