Friday January 18 2013
Lichtsteiner: What Juventus crisis?

Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has dismissed talk of a crisis in Turin following a problematic start to 2013.

The Old Lady have collected just one point from two games after defeat to 10-man Sampdoria and a 1-1 draw at Parma.

“We’ve dropped five points out of six, but we also did the same at this point last year,” the former Lazio player told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were hurt by the home loss to Sampdoria and we allowed Parma a way back into the game on Sunday, but there’s absolutely no need to talk about a crisis.”

The Bianconeri will face in-form Udinese at the weekend and the 29-year-old respects the threat that Francesco Guidolin’s side will carry.

“All our opponents put in a top performance when they play against us and we’re aware of that,” the Swiss international added.

“Udinese are a great team and we need to pay close attention to the pace they possess in their ranks. But we’ve got to try and win everything.

“Clearly it will be tough, but we have quality and Juve’s mentality must always consist of taking to the field with the aim of winning every game and competition we face.”