Wednesday September 2 2015
Lemina: ‘Del Piero, Nedved inspirations’

Mario Lemina names his Juventus heroes as Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero.

The midfielder has joined the Bianconeri on an initial loan basis from Marseille, and was asked at his presentation about his favourite Juve players growing up.

“A Juventus player who inspired me a lot is Del Piero,” Lemina explained.

“Now, unfortunately, I’m not a stiker, so it’s not really possible to look at him and be inspired by him. I’m also inspired by Nedved, who is also a Juventus legend and played in my role.

“Today he inspires me, he’s a player with huge ‘grinta' [heart and determination] as you say in Italian, and I like that kind of approach.

“He was a great player, he scored a lot of goals and he really inspires me.”

Under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille, Lemina even played as part of a three-man defence, and says he’d be willing to do the same for the Old Lady.

“My preferred role, or roles, are midfield or playmaker, because those are the positions I like. But If I have to play in defence then that’s no problem for me, I’m ready to work in defence and give my all for the team.”

image via @juventusfc

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