Saturday May 21 2011
Marchisio demands Juve mentality

Claudio Marchisio feels Juventus must recapture the club's trademark mentality. “We've all got to spit blood for this shirt!”

Unless the Bianconeri beat Napoli on Sunday evening and Roma lose at home to Sampdoria, they will be out of Europe altogether next season.

“What made this club great in the past was its mentality,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“They never gave in and managed to fight back in games that seemed to be lost. This is the aspect we must work on to improve and the spirit that new players have to adopt.

“Juve are a different club to the others and there are always great expectations from the fans. Once we came up from Serie B after Calciopoli, we had achieved third and second place, but for the last two seasons we've failed to achieve our objectives.

“Next year we've all got to spit blood for this shirt!”

One of the figures who most exemplified that attitude was Antonio Conte, who is the hot favourite to be on the bench next season.

“I remember his character and refusal to give in. Conte really summed up the spirit of Juventus during those years,” continued Marchisio.

“As Pavel Nedved explained, all the players looked to him on the field for leadership.”

Marchisio grew up in the Juventus youth academy and this week put pen to paper on a contract extension to 2016.

“I signed for another five years and am very happy, as Juve are everything for me. I've given a great deal to this club since childhood and want to continue doing that, but with success. This club deserves to play important games in Serie A and the Champions League.”

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