Friday January 13 2012
Vidal puts Scudetto first

Arturo Vidal of Juventus has put his hopes of winning the Champions League on hold. “Let’s take things one step at a time.”

In an interview with Juventus Channel, the Chilean was eager to cool the enthusiasm after his club’s unbeaten start to the season.

“I would do anything to win the Champions League, but let’s calm down,” the 24-year-old told the club’s Filo Diretto show.

“We’re working and we’re strong, but we need to take one step at a time. There is plenty of time for the Champions League.

“Now we’re in the hunt for the championship and the Coppa Italia and we mustn’t think about anything else.”

Juve are currently joint top of the table with Milan after a surprisingly good start to the campaign under new boss Antonio Conte.

“This is a difficult championship, in which you’re required to always give 100 per cent because there really are many strong sides,” he added. “However, Juve are one of these.

“Our strength is our squad, not just for the dressing room spirit, but above all for the ability to pull in one direction, towards the same objective.”

Vidal joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and he’s lived up to his ‘Warrior’ moniker in Conte’s midfield.

“I was given my nickname because of the way in which I play and how I read the game,” the South American continued.

“The role I’ve been given perfectly suits my characteristics and people always tell me that they see a fighter in me. This can only give me pleasure.

“Conte is a very well prepared Coach who works on every detail and trains the group like he played – always focused and with great passion.”

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