Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra finally made his Juventus debut yesterday as the reigning Serie A champions cruised to a 2-0 victory over Udinese.
The French international had been with the Red Devils for eight years, and despite signing a new one-year extension at Old Trafford, the likelihood of featuring for United this season was slim following the purchase of Luke Shaw and later Marcos Rojo.
The 33-year-old subsequently moved to Turin for a reported fee of £1.2 million, and after making his debut with the club yesterday, he told Sky Sports Italia that he was very impressed with his new home.
“Juventus Stadium is incredible, Pogba told me about it but I didn’t think it was like this," said the Frenchman. "I want to thank the fans for the enthusiasm and for the help they give us, I’ll try to repay them on the pitch with great performances.”
Evra then went on to describe the transition from Premier League football to Serie A, telling reporters that concentration levels are more important in the Italian top flight due to the tactical battles.
“The transition from Premier League to Serie A wasn’t easy: It’s completely different, the game is much more tactical here so you need to think more," he said. "The practices are very different too, I’m working to give my best.”
Not many players leave Old Trafford to find themselves with more opportunities for silverware, but that appears to be the case here as Juventus look to challenge on all fronts.
One area which has been called upon to improve, however, is the Old Lady’s performance in the Champions League, and Evra explained to the press that extra work will be put in to make sure they also challenge in Europe.
“That’s the goal," he added. "We absolutely need to improve compared to the past seasons. It’s a tough competition but we have great players that can help us do well.”