Florenzi: ‘Juventus will tell us a lot’

Alessandro Florenzi says Juventus “will be a fundamental game” for Roma, as “it’s a match which will say how we’re set and what point we’re at”.

The Giallorossi face the champions in Turin on Saturday night, having been eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Torino yesterday.

“The elimination from the Coppa Italia burns a lot,” Florenzi admitted, speaking to Sky.

“We’re disappointed, but we don’t have to make a drama of it. Our objective was to go through, but our thoughts immediately turn to Juventus.

“It will be a fundamental game for Roma’s growth, it’s worth three points like all the others but it’s a match which will say how we’re set and what point we’re at.

“First place [in the Champions League] gives us an answer but we have to do it in the league too and not just against Juventus.

“Who would I take from Juventus? [Paulo] Dybala, he’s a champion. They’re a great team and it’s never easy to play in Turin, we need to reverse the negative trend in their home and score points.

“It won’t be a game to decide who wins the Scudetto.”

This match represents the best defence in Serie A against the best attack, and unlike in recent years it’s not Juve who are the meanest…

“Defensive solidity comes from hard work. In our next few chances we have to find the way to goal more easily, we’re working hard on that from every point of view.”

The Italian international was also asked about a potential new contract.

“My agent, [Alessandro] Lucci takes care of it,” Florenzi shrugged.

“I’ll leave all that to him, I’m just thinking of the pitch.”