Evra: Juventus a ‘war machine’

Juventus defender Patrice Evra has hailed his team’s fifth consecutive Scudetto, the first of two he aims to win with the club, but lamented their early European exit.

The 34-year old arrived from Manchester United, where he had won five Premiership titles and one Champions League trophy, at the start of the 2014 season. He immediately helped his new side to a league trophy but also saw them defeated in the Champions League final by Barcelona, the loss making him the first player to ever to play in four losing finals of the competition.

The player spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport about his team’s remarkable season and his disappointment at the club’s Champions League dissapointment and ambitions.

“Is this Scudetto different? Yes, because everyone said Juve were finished at the start,” Evra said.

“We still haven’t realised what we’ve done. I arrived last year and made a pact with the club: to be a champion of Italy twice. For me it’s a great satisfaction but there’s still a lot to win with Juve.

“We are a war machine. We want to win every game, for Allegri now the quality of the performance counts more than the result, because he’s already thinking about next year to be at the top in the Champions League.

“Being knocked out in the last 16 was a shame, because this year the team was more ready mentally to win the cup than before.

“Juve is the best in Europe as an organisation. My teammates told me that two years ago there was uncertainty in Europe.

“Now the mentality has changed and you can see that in the big games: when we face teams like Bayern I can see in the faces of my teammates that we are Juve and we can beat anyone.

“There’s enormous quality in this team. If we can put it in our heads that we’re the best in Europe then we can become that. We’re building something solid. Next year will be really important.”