Miralem Pjanic met the press for the first time as a Juventus player on Tuesday afternoon. While the midfielder had signed for the Bianconeri in June, he was officially unveiled today in a brief press conference alongside the club’s Director General Giuseppe "Beppe" Marotta.
Pjanic answered some questions for journalists present at the event, speaking briefly about a multitude of topics.
On his expectations -
“I’m here to do my bit for the team and achieve big targets. A team like Juventus always wants to beat any opponent in any competition. Winning a sixth consecutive Scudetto would represent a wonderful feat and see history rewritten. I hope I’m able to contribute to us getting there.”
On the welcome he has received from the Bianconeri family -
“I’ve received plenty of welcome messages and everyone’s instantly made me feel at home. It’s a tight-knit group here and I’ll aim to help out my team-mates. We’ve got plenty of top individuals, but Juventus’ strength over the past few years has been the group’s team spirit.”
On comparisons with the great Andrea Pirlo -
“I think our games are a little different. Pirlo was the best midfielder in Serie A and displayed his exceptional qualities wherever he played. I hope I’m able to do just as well.”
On his set-piece abilities -
“I’ve worked alongside a specialist, just like Juninho did when he was at Lyon, but every player has a different technique. I’m perfecting mine and trying to be as dangerous as possible, because games are sometimes decided by set pieces.”
On his first match back at AS Roma -
“I will be happy to go back to the Olimpico. I spent five wonderful years there and it will be a special game for me. It wasn’t easy to leave Rome, but I’m convinced Juventus is the team for me.”
On what jersey number he has chosen -
“Last year I wore the number 15 shirt, but it’s already taken here. I’ll therefore be wearing the number 5. My idol, Zinedine Zidane, wore it and I’ll be very proud to follow in his footsteps.”