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Marchisio: Inter defeat a wake-up call

SoccerNews in Serie A 9 Nov 2012

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio says his side’s 3-1 loss to Inter Milan will make them regain the hunger they had been missing.

Antonio Conte’s men saw their 49-match unbeaten run in the Serie A came to an abrupt halt on Saturday.

But Juve returned to winning ways against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League and Marchisio said the loss to Inter had only served to spur them on.

“The loss against Inter has shaken us awake and brought back a certain determination that was missing in the past few games,” Marchisio told Tuttosport.

“In the Champions League you could see the Juve of last season again, the same conviction and will to win.

“You’ll have to ask whether we’re back after the match against Pescara, though. If we lose that game, it clearly wasn’t a wake-up call.”

Marchisio praised promising youngster Paul Pogba and believes the Frenchman has a bright future ahead of him.

“That he’s being compared to Patrick Vieira means he’s doing well, but it’s important not to get carried away,” he said.

“His physical characteristics might resemble Vieira, and his technique is perhaps even better, but he has yet to achieve what Vieira achieved.

“He is a humble guy, though, and I think that he has a bright future ahead of him. He always wants to play and I keep on telling him that he will get his chances.

“He is very mature, too. Growing up abroad might be an advantage as there’s less pressure.”

Pogba, 19, has made eight official appearances for his new club so far this season, netting twice in the process.

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