Genoa midfielder Stefano Sturaro admits that while he hopes Juventus win the Champions League, his goal against them was his most important.
Sturaro only returned to Genoa from Juve in January but marked his comeback with a goal in a 2-0 victory over his former club on Sunday.
“Looking back, the win was even more beautiful as the Curva Nord was full of joy, the Nord where I rooted for Milito, Motta, Criscito and Juric, whom I learned a lot from as a player and Coach,” he told Secolo XIX.
“It was the perfect day for Genoa and I. A mix of emotions, anger, happiness and a break from a long injury, which still gives me a hard time.
“I’m working very hard. It’ll take time, but I’m on the right track. My goal on a par with those I scored against Bayern and Napoli with Juve? No, I put this one first.
“It’s a starting point for Genoa and I. I grew up here, now I’m back and it’s not a step backwards.
“For me, Genoa were a dream and remained so. Now I have to start again after some time out and this family atmosphere is ideal for me.
“I’ve got my smile back. The emotional aspect is crucial when recovering from certain injuries.
“Here you experience feelings that are hard to find at other teams: that’s Genoa’s strength, and certain emotions are worth more than goals and victories.
“Still, I was very happy at Juve, where I had four unforgettable years. I hope they win the Champions League.”