Sunday June 2 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Dream big'

Federico Bernardeschi intends to “dream big and set ambitious objectives” for both Italy in Euro 2020 and Juventus in the Champions League.

The Azzurri won their first two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Liechtenstein, but face Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

“It is only right that we dream big and set ambitious objectives for ourselves,” said Bernardeschi in a Press conference.

“We want to reach the European Championship and win it. This time next year, there will be a squad with more experience and we will be ready to play Euro 2020 to the best of our abilities.”

He is also aiming high at club level with Juventus, regardless of who their new Coach will be.

“I did suffer a little watching last night’s Champions League Final between Tottenham and Liverpool. Next season we will try to win everything. It didn’t work out this year, but the Champions League is so often decided by details and tiny incidents that change everything. We saw how strange the tournament was this season.”

Bernardeschi was tested in midfield during Italy’s last training session and took that role a few times for Juventus too.

“In modern football, I think a player must know how to adapt and cover different positions. It doesn’t matter if I am used in the centre, further forward or back, what’s fundamental is the hard work, quality and athleticism of the performance.

“You must put yourself at the disposal of the Coach and do what is best for the team. Obviously, I tend to score more goals if I am closer to the opposition penalty area, especially as I am not as sharp when running forward from midfield and it comes time to finish.

“That is something I am working on and want to improve in my game.”

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