Wednesday January 4 2012
Muriel targeting Juve goal

Luis Muriel is determined to continue his recent form for Lecce by targeting a winning goal against Juventus this weekend.

Even so, speaking to Il Corriere dello Sport, the 20-year-old is under no illusion as to the task facing the relegation-threatened Giallorossi this weekend as they welcome Antonio Conte’s unbeaten side.

“Juve are a great team and we must run more than them and raise our level of concentration because if you give them any space they will punish you.

“I’m not going to indicate a certain Juventus player, they have good players from [Andrea] Pirlo, [Arturo] Vidal, [Alessandro] Matri, [Mirko] Vucinic and finally [Gianluigi] Buffon, who is the best goalkeeper in the world.”

Muriel has scored or assisted a goal in each of his last four appearances for the Salentini, including neat goals netted away to Napoli and Inter.

“After scoring two in Naples and Milan, I’d like to repeat it at home and possible score a goal to earn three points. Between those two goals, in my opinion, the finest is the one against Inter.

“Since my childhood I have always dreamed of playing at San Siro against a team like Inter and I did.

“Of course, now I would like to continue scoring, who knows, maybe I’ll get into double figures. Now I have to just think about working and then the rest will be seen on the field.

“With [Juan] Cuadrado I am learning a new dance to be implemented when one of us scores.”

The youngster also commented on speculation linking him with a move this transfer window. The Colombian is on loan from Udinese.

“I spoke yesterday with the director and he confirmed that I will remain in Lecce until the end of the season. Personally, it is what I want, I am well in Lecce and it is important for me to finish the season here.

“The Coach often encourages me during training, reminds me that it is important to maintain a level of concentration during training as I would in a game.

“You never know when you next have the right chance to score, so it is important to always be focused.”

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