Juventus legend Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria are incredible players who will bring a lot to the Bianconeri. The former Juve defender gave a lengthy interview to TuttoSport where he discussed the two new signings and what he expects them to bring to Turin:
If I think of Paul, with whom I have always had an excellent relationship, the first workouts come to mind. He was 18-19 years old and you saw a boy with incredible qualities, who then improved while having fun. He had everything: technique, physique, passage, speed….
It is beautiful and fascinating, even for the fans, to embrace Paul again. It is something more for the team and also for the whole environment: Pogba will bring enthusiasm.
Pogba is an internationally renowned player and has already played at Juventus. Paul knows what it means to wear this shirt and knows what it means to win. And above all he brings personality, quality, goals and assists. But what matters most is that mix of personality and quality that has been lacking a bit in recent years.
In Manchester he suffered the weight of having to prove that he was worth the €105 million invested by United. From the outside you do not perceive the pressure that a boy, however young, must endure when expectations are very high. You’d have to score 60 goals a year, otherwise its hard to show that he is worth €105 million. That weighed a lot. The player, however, does not argue: he is still young and is one who shifts the balance. He will have a great desire to get back on track. And win. For Juventus it is a great signing.
“Di Maria? I faced him when he was at Real Madrid. He is a player with incredible quality. I’m curious to see him in the Italian championship. It’s a super purchase for Juventus. He can create a decisive moment in any game at any time. This is a gift that few people have in modern football.
Some players, and Di Maria is one of them, are easy to train. Just a word and they understand everything on the fly. Indeed, they also add something more.
Predictions? I don’t play strategy games like coaches do in statements. I put Juventus and Inter on par, with Milan behind them. And then Napoli.”
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