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Monday, July 11, 2011

Juventus have the quality to return to Champions League

The new signing is brimming with confidence ahead of the new season and expects his club to be back among Europe's elite sooner rather than later

New Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has voiced his opinion that the Turin giants have what it takes to qualify for Champions League football again in the season ahead.

Juve only finished seventh in the Serie A table last term, but the full-back is determined to do better in 2011-12 and underlined his ambition to succeed with his new club.

"This team has quality, if we work well we have a great opportunity to get back into the Champions League. I had an enjoyable experience in Rome, but Juventus are Juventus; the team has a rich history. It’s a club that want to win, just like myself," Lichtsteiner said on Juve's official website.

"I work with the aim of winning. I do everything to achieve this. When things don’t go well I get angry. I know that the pressure’s higher at Juventus, but it was also difficult in Rome from the expectation point of view. I’ve found an organised set-up here and very accommodating, friendly team-mates."

The Switzerland international then briefly discussed the club's head coach, Antonio Conte, and remarked that he enjoys working with the newly-appointed tactician.

He added: "It’s nice to be able to train alongside many champions and with a manager like Conte who demands a lot. He’s making us focus heavily on tactics, but it’s currently too soon to know exactly what my responsibilities will be during the game."

The 27-year-old joined Juventus from Lazio this summer and has signed a contract until 2015 with his new club.

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