Juventus Starlet Eager to Build on Breakthrough Goal

Nicolò Fagioli scored his first goal with Juventus Saturday, taking advantage of injuries and deciding the Lecce game. His father Marco talked to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Alessandro Del Piero was his first myth, then he fell in love with Paulo Dybala. He had the luck of meeting him and playing next to him. They have a nice rapport. The way he scored didn’t surprise me. I hope it’s just the beginning, but it’s already a dream for us. I told him to enjoy this moment, because he deserves it. Maybe he’ll do it again versus Inter.”

“He started routinely practicing with the Bianconeri when he was 12 thanks to an agreement with Cremonese. We often took advantage of his days at the training center to watch matches. He’s very close with Alvaro Morata. Cristiano Rolando was great to him in the past.”

Cremonese’s veteran director Ariedo Braida invited Massimiliano Allegri to hand Fagioli the keys to the Juventus midfield in an interview with TuttoSport.

“I’ve never doubted his class. He proved that he was willing to learn last season. If you combine the talent with the right mentality, then you can get to the top. They will have to be careful not to burn him, but he’s ready to take the next steps. He’s mature. The challenge for him is to confirm his performance and get rid of the lack of consistency that slowed him down in teh past. His evolution reminds me of Andrea Pirlo, who began as a no.10 and turned into a deep-lying playmaker. He’s done it with us a little, but he needs to have the liberty to get close to the box.”

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