Sebastian Giovinco is expecting a tough challenge when Juventus take on former club Parma this weekend.
The Old Lady will be looking to get back to winning ways after their surprise loss to Sampdoria, but the Gialloblu are unbeaten at home in Serie A this term.
“I owe Parma a lot as they re-launched me,” Giovinco, who spent two seasons at Parma before his summer return to Juve, told Sport Mediaset.
“With Coach Roberto Donadoni, they have become an even more compact side, one which is difficult to beat.
“We, however, have to hit back after our defeat to Sampdoria. We know that it won’t be easy, but we’ll do everything we can to win.”
The Turin giants will face a complex month ahead given that they are still in the Scudetto race, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
“We will face nine games in 35 days. The most delicate stage of the season is on its way, with a lot of important matches that are close together.
“This, however, is a good thing as it means we are in the running for all the trophies.”
The 26-year-old is Juventus’ top scorer this season, thanks to his 10 goals in all competitions.
“I feel important rather than fundamental,” he added. “We are a squad and all of us are important, we’ll need every one from now until the end of the season.”
The Italian international was also asked about the possible January arrival of Didier Drogba. “He would be good for us. The more of us in attack, the better.”
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