Saturday November 16 2013
Quagliarella: 'Juve like Barcelona'

Fabio Quagliarella said Juventus have “nothing to envy Barcelona’s midfield” and gets his dancing shoes on.

The forward will appear as a contestant for one night only on the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing this evening.

“I’ve never danced before, so this is going to be a new experience,” he told Radio Deejay.

Quagliarella is more at home on the football field than the dance floor and gave his view on the current Juventus squad.

“I said last year Paul Pogba was a phenomenon at his age, as he has everything. He’s very talented, humble and has all the right characteristics to make his mark.

“We have one of the strongest midfields in Europe and in my view we don’t have anything to envy Barcelona. The problem here is that we are considered to be ‘in crisis’ with a draw even if we’re playing well.

“We changed system in the Champions League, as the team is mature enough to perform the tactical variations the Coach asks for. We’re more aware of our strength than last year and the season before that. Some incidents helped us to realise Juve are still there and fighting.

“Antonio Conte is always hammering us, it’s amazing how he has remained the same over three years. As time went on, Conte also recognised we are an extraordinary group.”

Andrea Pirlo revealed last night he will continue playing, whether it is at Juventus or elsewhere.

“I don’t think Pirlo will leave in June, as he is fundamental for this team and has such charisma,” continued Quagliarella.

“The way he takes free kicks is inexplicable. He’s incredible.”

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