Friday September 9 2011
Giovinco fears Juve attack

Sebastian Giovinco has warned his Parma side that they have to be focused in defence if they are to stop Juventus on Sunday.

The 24-year-old – who is now co-owned between both clubs – scored twice in Parma's 4-1 win in Turin last term, but he's expecting a more dangerous opponent this time around.

"The game will be different from the one in January," stated the Italian international. "Juventus are now built to attack more than they did previously.

"They almost play with four attackers so we have to defend well and try to hit them on the counter-attack.

"Saying that, we shouldn't forget how well we ended the last campaign. Sunday's game could be an historic one for us too…"

The lunchtime kick-off will be a hugely significant event for the Old Lady as it will be their first League game played at their new arena.

"The stadium's opening ceremony was a great event," Giovinco continued. "We're happy that we'll be the first team to play there.

"We're ready for the game and we hope we can come away with something. We know it will be tough, but I'm hopeful."

Parma were forced to fight for their Serie A lives last term and the attacking midfielder concedes that will be the case again.

"The objective is to stay in the top flight," he added. "Once we achieve that then we can look at other targets.

"We can only go far if we take one step at a time."

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