Monday September 12 2011
Lichtsteiner owes it to Pirlo

Stephan Lichtsteiner has thanked Andrea Pirlo for helping write his name in the history of Juventus.

The Swiss international became the first player to score a competitive goal at the club's new stadium in the 4-1 win over Parma on Sunday.

"I need to thank Andrea who played me in with a great pass and from that it was relatively easy to score," said the right-back.

"If I'd had a bet on me being the first scorer, I would have won a lot of money…"

The defender was one of numerous players the club brought in over the summer as they attempt to return to the highest levels after two consecutive seventh place finishes.

"The most important thing is to have won the opening game and we played well," added the full-back. "I think that it was a great game for the fans.

"It wasn't a totally perfect day for us though. We conceded a goal and had Paolo De Ceglie sent off right at the end.

"However, it has been a wonderful day, we're on the right track and we need to continue in the same way."

The manner of Juventus' victory will have sent a message out to the rest of the League, but Lichtsteiner insists the players just have to focus on themselves.

"I don't know if the other teams will now start to pay more attention to us," he added. "It doesn't really interest me.

"We need to stick to our task and if we play all the games like we did today, we'll be a threat to anyone."

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