Wednesday December 18 2019
Marchisio: 'My Juventus was stronger'

Claudio Marchisio discussed his lengthy career at Juventus, the differences working with various coaches and why the current Bianconeri midfield is "not at the level" of his team.

Marchisio gave a lengthy interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he discussed his career.

Marchisio won seven Scudetti and four Coppa Italia titles in his 13-year career with The Old Lady. However at the beginning of the decade, the club hadn’t won anything other than a Serie B title since 2006.

“I always remember a conversation I had with Andrea Agnelli, at the end of the hard years, and I said to him: ‘I do not want to be one of those few players who have won nothing in Juve’s history, and I’m sure you don’t want to be one of those Presidents either.’”

Antonio Conte arrived in the summer of 2011 and rebooted the Juventus franchise, making a passionate call to arms.

“You’ve been seventh for two years, you’ve been horrible for two years. So here you can either really get going or leave," Marchisio recalls.

“Conte pushed us to test us, to be willing to have the desire to gain victories. Those first two years changed everything.”

Max Allegri took over from Conte in the summer of 2014, and Marchisio states that Allegri allowed him more freedom in midfield.

“With Allegri, in the first few years we had a great relationship. He also changed my role. With Conte I had replaced Andrea Pirlo as a regista when he was injured.

“However the difference between them was that Conte gave me prescise instructions for the role, whereas Allegri allowed me to have more freedom to interpret games depending on the opposition.

“I will always thank him for improving me immensely.”

Marchisio believes the current iteration of Juventus needs time, but that their midfield isn’t as good as the one he played in.

“I believe that over time Maurizio Sarri will be able to find the final solution, and Juve, like all big teams, must arrive in top condition in February-March.

“The midfield isn’t at the level it was when there was myself, Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba. You can see it from the goals scored and assists provided.”

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