Thursday October 31 2013
Isla keen to repay Juventus

Mauricio Isla accepts he needs to rediscover his form of the past to pay back Juventus, the fans and boss Antonio Conte.

The Chilean international joined the Old Lady in the summer of 2012, but he’s struggled for form in Turin after arriving at the club following knee ligament surgery.

The player co-owned with Udinese was on the verge of joining Inter in the summer, but Conte blocked the transfer.

“I had a nasty injury and everyone here at Juventus has been very patient in waiting for me,” the South American noted.

“I have always given my all, but I need to continue working hard to repay people for the faith they have shown.

“Conte decided that I would stay at this club and I’m happy to be here, but I need to show that on the field of play.”

Isla was given his second consecutive start in the 4-0 win over Catania on Wednesday night.

“I’m delighted with how the last two games have gone,” he continued.

“We knew that we’d be up against a Catania side that is comprised of many strong players. It was extremely important for us to win and we also managed to do so by playing well.”

Juventus are in joint second with Napoli, two points behind Roma who will face Chievo Verona this evening.

“The championship will be very difficult,” Isla added. “Roma and Napoli are playing really well, but Fiorentina and Inter are in the battle as well.

“We just need to continue on the road we are on.”