Tuesday December 6 2011
Marchisio: 'Coppa Italia is like...'

Claudio Marchisio won’t hide from the Scudetto, but claims “the Coppa Italia is like the Champions League” to Juventus.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten this season and top of Serie A, though they failed to qualify for Europe last term.

“The Coppa Italia is like the Champions League for us. It’s the only knockout competition we’re taking part in, so we want to go all the way,” said Marchisio.

They welcome Bologna to the Juventus Stadium on Thursday evening.

“Juve have won the trophy nine times and we want to be the first to ever get 10. We’re losing Mirko Vucinic to injury, but we have equally great players who want to prove themselves.”

Marchisio is their top scorer this season, earning praise from Roberto Baggio and Pavel Nedved, plus comparisons to Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard.

“It’s always very pleasing to receive compliments and this gives you further motivation to stay at this level. This is proving to be a very good year in terms of scoring goals, but the credit goes to the whole team and their assists.

“As for Lampard, he is a great champion who has been scoring for many years, whereas I’m only at my first real season of doing this. Admittedly, having played as a striker in the youth academy helps, as you never quite lose that eye for goal,” continued Marchisio on the official Juventus website.

“In previous seasons I was in a more defensive role and ran very hard. Now I am more clear-headed when getting close to the goal. The many different positions I played over the years gave me valuable experience and now I’m reaping the rewards.”

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