Inter defender: I am improving under Mazzarri
The 22-year-old has been ever present for the Nerazzurri’s perfect start to the Serie A campaign and he is sure that Mazzarri has been vital to his improvement on the pitch.
“I’m growing with every training session and game thanks to Mazzarri,” the Brazilian international told Inter Channel during an interview.
“He is teaching me so much, both defensively and offensively. I can only thank him.”
Mazzarri has introduced the same three at the back system that he used at Napoli and with competition high at Inter, Juan is not assured of a starting place.
“The competition for places is good. There is Marco Andreolli, Andrea Ranocchia, Walter Samuel, Hugo Campagnaro. It’s just a shame that Cristian Chivu isn’t here as he has a lot of quality.”
The Nerazzuri have started the season well with two wins from two Serie A games, but they will be severely tested when reigning champions Juventus arrive on Saturday to the San Siro.
“We need to beat Juventus, just like we would have to beat Milan or Sassuolo,” the 22-year-old continued.
“They have a lot of good players. There is Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Mirko Vucinic, but we can’t just focus on their attackers.”
“Arturo Vidal, for example, knows how to break into attack and then there is Andrea Pirlo who is so good on the ball.”
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