Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado – on loan from Chelsea – has claimed the team are full of confidence after their vital 2-1 win over Napoli last weekend but believes they can still improve.
Former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain haunted his old club as he grabbed Juventus the winner in a tight game.
The Old Lady now sit five points clear at the top of Serie A whilst Napoli, who are expected to be a close rival for the title, slump to third and are already someway off the current leaders.
Following the match, Cuadrado, who is on a three-year loan deal from Chelsea, has highlighted the importance of the win when speaking to the Juventus’ website, whilst also hinting their is room for improvement.
He said: “We’re on cloud nine after Saturday’s victory. There is a real togetherness in the group and everyone has each other’s back. Beating Napoli is always important but the result itself isn’t decisive in the title race.
“I’m pleased with the way I have started the season; I’ve been ready to contribute to the side whenever I’ve been called upon so far, whether that’s from the bench or from the first whistle.
”That applies for each and every member of the squad; we all believe in our own abilities.
“We’re well aware of our qualities but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Relative to last season, I’d say we move the ball about with greater intent but, as ever, even that is something that can be developed over the course of this term.”
Much was made of the club’s record signing, Gonzalo Higuain, facing his former team, having left Naples in the summer in a move which left a bitter taste in the mouths of those connected to Napoli.
When offering his thoughts on the striker, who proved to be the match winner, Cuadrado added:
“Gonzalo Higuain was very focused on the job at hand last night and he knew all eyes would be on him.
”He is a fabulous player and is a part of a really strong front line. It is the duty of myself and the other creative guys to supply them with as many scoring chances as possible.”
Cuadrado and his teammates must now turn their attentions to this week’s Champions League group match with Lyon. The Old Lady sit joint top of group H with Spanish side Sevilla as both teams currently have seven points.
A win over their French opponents on Wednesday will guarantee Juventus’ passage into the knockout phase of Europe’s elite competition, but Cuadrado insisted the players would approach the game with the correct mentality.
He said: “We’ll approach Wednesday’s meeting with Lyon like any other game, as if it were a final, hopefully with the fans right behind us once more.
”Our goal is to qualify for the last 16 as group winners.”