Bernardeschi talks life at Toronto FC, Azzurri chances and Juventus title race

Federico Bernardeschi

Federico Bernardeschi underlined his happiness at Toronto FC, his heartbreak at missing out on the World Cup with the Azzurri and Juventus’ chances in the title race.

The 28-year-old Italian winger surprised many by leaving Italy for Canada after his contract expired with Juventus, joining Lorenzo Insigne in the MLS. Bernardeschi has started life with Toronto well, scoring four goals and providing one assist in his first six appearances for the club.

Speaking to SportWeek, Bernardeschi first revealed his incredible initial impressions of life in Canada.

“Would you believe it if I told you that after a month I feel like I’ve been living here for years? From the city to the way of life, human and professional, I was impressed by everything. 

“The club has top organisation and Toronto is spectacular, it is no coincidence that it’s considered Canada’s New York. Now that my wife and my two daughters, Deva and Lena, have also arrived, everything is perfect.”

The 28-year-old winger reflected on his time in Italy and noted some of the differences to playing in Canada.

“I always scored goals, but at Juve I was more focused on the team. Here I feel freer and lighter, it’s not a question of pressure because that is always there but when you play you feel part of a show. 

“There is a different way of experiencing sport, every match is felt like a Champions League final. I went to see a baseball game, it was a spectacle. 

“They even bring babies to the stadium, they put headphones on them because of the noise, but they let them be part of the party. In Italy we are behind.”

He commented on if his time with the Azzurri has drawn to a close now that he’s made the move over to Canada.

“Mancini will decide, surely not being at the World Cup has changed the plans and prospects for everyone. Everyone must have their opportunities, it’s a pity because a squad as strong and in the prime of age as ours deserved to play in the World Cup. 

“To think that 80% of the European champions have never participated in a World Cup final makes me sad. I hope Italy can soon experience one as a protagonist.”

Finally, Bernardeschi spoke about Juventus’ work this season and their chances in the title race.

“Here the most followed league is the Premier League, but Serie A retains its charm. Juventus will not only fight for the Scudetto, they can win it. 

“There was a need to sign two or three top players. After so many changes a period of adjustment is physiological.”

During his five years in Turin, Bernardeschi scored 12 goals and provided 24 assists, helping the team win three Scudetti, two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana.

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