Osvaldo reveals Premier League struggle

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After departing Southampton on loan on deadline day, Juventus striker Dani Osvaldo reveals that he struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Dani Osvaldo has lifted the lid on a tumultuous spell with Southampton, just a week after completing a loan move to Italian giants Juventus on deadline day.

Commenting on his time at St. Mary's, which lasted just five months and thirteen appearances, Osvaldo told www.juventus.com: "I struggled in England and wasn’t really able to adapt,"

"It’s a very physical type of game, with really tough tackling."

Osvaldo scored three goals during his time with the Saints, before a training ground incident in which he head-butted team-mate José Fonte with a black eye and damaged nose.

As a result, Southampton issued Osvaldo with a two-week suspension from the training ground.

Following the completion of his loan move, the former Roma striker commented on his pleasure at being back in Serie A. It's a view that is shared by Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"I am very happy with that situation and how it panned out in the end," Pochettino said.

"I thought it was a win-win situation for all the parties involved."

Osvaldo is yet to make an appearance for the Old Lady of Turin, but is in line for his first foray in Juventus colours against Hellas Verona this gameweek.

In order to force through the move to the Turin titans, Osvaldo took a pay cut on the wage that he earned with Southampton to enable the deal to be completed ahead of the 11pm deadline.

The twenty-eight year old is pleased to have returned to the continent, admitting that the differences in the style of the English game in comparison to those of Spain and Italy was not to his liking.

"More attention is paid to tactics and technique in Italy and Spain and I find it suits me a lot better." .

Osvaldo's attention now turns towards nailing down a spot in national team manager Cesare Prandelli's plans for this summer, as the Azzurri head for Brazil, where Osvaldo could potentially face Southampton team-mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.

Osvaldo said: “It’s a dream to be at Juventus and I want the dream to continue. And then there’s the World Cup, a competition I’m determined to be involved in.”

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