Tuesday November 13 2012
Marchisio: Juve can succeed in Europe

Claudio Marchisio insists that his Juventus side have what is needed to become a major player on the European stage.

The Old Lady won the Scudetto last season and they currently lead the standings again thanks to a four-point cushion after 12 games.

However, things are a bit more difficult in the Champions League given that they need four points from their last two games against Chelsea at home and Shakhtar Donetsk away to reach the last 16.

“We are not short of anything to become a big team in Europe as well,” stated the Italian international midfielder.

“We just have to play with the same approach that we have shown in our last two games.”

Juventus’ 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A was ended by Inter recently, but they reacted to that with a 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland and a 6-1 thrashing of Pescara.

“We have what we need to get through the group stage of the Champions League,” he added. “We shouldn’t be scared of Chelsea and we didn’t fear them in the first game – not even after we went 2-0 down.

“We respect the European champions, but we are well aware that we have matured a lot over this last year and we’ll give it a go.”

Juventus will play Chelsea on Tuesday 20 November.

Meanwhile, Marchisio would not be drawn on the transfer speculation suggesting that Juventus could be interested in Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli.

“I love Mario and he is a great champion, but this is a question which you should put to the club directors…”