Friday, September 3, 2010
So much youth and a will to do well: The new Juventus 2010/11 is based on youngsters but without forgetting the experience of its veterans, players who have been wearing the black and white jersey for years and who have learnt to bear its weight. Amongst these is Nicola Legrottaglie.
The defender from Bari is one who knows Del Neri’s instructions by heart, having been one of the central players in the Chievo of miracles and his presences is fundamental. This is not only the case on the field but also in the dressing rooms. With one month to go for his 34th birthday, Nicola has still a great deal to give to the team:
"Physically I feel better then when I was 20 years old – he confessed during an exclusive interview on Sky-. I have an expiring contract but I would like to spend the rest of my career at Juventus. It is obvious that the team must believe that I can be an added value".
Legrottaglie would like to remain in an environment he knows well and which is appreciated even more when away from Turin. "When we move away you can see the differences in organization, reputation and support. This jersey is missed and this is why it is difficult to leave it. Football is like this. The seasons end and others open even in the history of your career".
"When you make a choice and you find yourself in another team, I think there should be no controversy but peace and serenity just like mature men. This should not give way to anything else. This year mates like Trezeguet and Camoranesi left us and I thank them and send my most affectionate regards to them. They are and always will be a part of my life".
With the championship on a break due to the international matches and seeing the absence of Chiellini and Bonucci, Legrottaglie took up the role of tutor for new signing Leandro Rinaudo. "A great team which fights until May must have three/four central defenders capable of being part of the staring line-up. I think that with Giorgio we had two great championships. Now the starter is Bonucci and I must respect the choices made but at the same time I will not give up because I believe in what I do and will fight to win back my place".
Finally, a look at the season which has just begun and the role that Juventus might have: "Inter and Milan are ahead of us. The rossoneri have given a sign by signing Ibrahimovic. Our minimum objective is to improve on last year and enter the Champions League zone besides doing well in the Europa League".
Posted by CAPITANO at Friday, September 03, 2010