Monday February 14 2011
Matri dreamt about derby goal

Juventus striker Alessandro Matri admits that he dreamt about scoring the winning goal in last night's Derby d'Italia against Inter in Turin.

The 26-year-old struck for the third time in black and white following his arrival from Cagliari in January, looping a header up and over Julio Cesar.

Remarkably, he also played for much of the game with an injury, putting everything on the line to ensure that Juventus sealed a 1-0 victory.

"It's one of the most important goals of my career," Matri said. "The match against Inter was one of those 'beautiful' ones that I used to watch at home and dream about playing in.

"I dedicate it to my family who have always supported me. I didn't expect to start my Juventus career this way, but I certainly hoped for it because I always believed in my abilities and the understanding I have with Luca Toni is working.

"You need to work double for a big club and I will do that every day.

"I hurt my ribs. We hope that it's nothing bad. I felt a strange pain when I turned. It neither came from punches nor kicks," he concluded.