Federico Chiesa has vowed to make an impact for Juventus after a “horrible year” that saw him sidelined with a long-term injury.
The Italy international scored the winner in a 2-1 Coppa Italia victory against Monza on Thursday, his first goal in 378 days after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament 12 months ago.
Juventus have endured a turbulent spell in Chiesa’s absence, ceding their Serie A crown to Milan and finding themselves adrift of runaway leaders Napoli this time around, as well as exiting the Champions League in the group stage.
Like the Bianconeri, Chiesa has a point to prove on his return and is pushing to aid his colleagues after being helpless amid their struggles in the past year.
“It has been a horrible year for me. I am now focusing on training and getting back into shape,” he told Sport Mediaset.
“Let’s say I need to get really into shape, getting used to playing every three days. I was not used to it, but I am trying to give my all to help my teammates, seeing as I was unable to help them for a year.”
378 – Federico #Chiesa has scored a goal for Juventus for the first time since Jan. 6 2022, 378 days ago. This is his 10th goal in his Coppa Italia career. Prowess.#JuventusMonza pic.twitter.com/SUmbaBP9N3
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 19, 2023
Chiesa’s goal gave Juve a much-needed victory following a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Napoli last time out but, while it was a positive result, he admitted better performances are required.
“I think against Napoli we played very badly, we weren’t aggressive enough, and I have to congratulate Monza as well for their performance tonight,” he added.
“However, we defended well, were aggressive when they reached the edge of the area and know we can always score goals at the other end, but we definitely need to play better.
“As I said, we need to raise the bar. Atalanta will be a fundamental game for us to get back to the track we were on before Napoli.”
Improvements are not just limited to the field, however, with significant changes in the club’s hierarchy after president Andrea Agnelli, vice-president Pavel Nedved and other directors stepped down from their roles on Wednesday.
Chiesa feels the club is united in pursuit of their goals, as they bid for a successful second half of the season.
“Along with the new owners we will try to take Juve back to where the club deserves to be. We do our job on the field, the club does its off it.”
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