A full-back with the habit of scoring. Stephan Lichtsteiner opened Juventus Stadium by netting the first official Bianconeri goal of the season. He also found the target with the Swiss national side in their final Euro 2012 qualifying game against Montenegro. 

However, qualification wasn’t achieved and the defender’s Swiss outfit missed out on this summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine. Lichtsteiner’s personal joy must therefore come from Juventus, and from the opening games of the campaign, both the team and Stephan appear to be on the right track: 

“I’m quite upset about not qualifying for Euro 2012, but the championship is ongoing and now I’m purely focused on Juve. We started well, it wasn’t guaranteed as the squad’s been completely overhauled in comparison to last year’s. However, I think that merits must be equally divided: Conte is showing his best. He isn’t just a qualified coach, but a real leader as well. Moreover, the club have worked magnificently in assembling a competitive team. Our fans support us in every game, and the stadium is absolutely amazing, it helps us to give something more. This makes the difference.” 

 The credit also goes to the players: 

 “We’re certainly deeply involved to apply on the pitch what our manager asks for, but I haven’t mentioned the team because we’re only doing our duty. In other terms, our task is to continue with this involvement in order to increasingly improve, because the season has just started and we can only enhance our condition. Then, at the end of the championship, we’ll have the chance to enjoy all the praise we get, obviously if we deserve it.” 

 The victory over Milan gave the entire group a boost, but Lichtsteiner – in his fourth year in Italy – fully understands the difficulties of the league and remains enthusiastic: 

“We passed an important test, because that victory increased our morale, but especially because we showed a convincing performance which allowed us to understand what we’re capable of doing. However, tests never stop and now we must continue on this track, otherwise that 2-0 result would just be in vain. We’ll play Chievo in Verona on Sunday and in this match we must demonstrate our value, playing with the same intensity shown on the pitch against Milan.” 

 source: juventus.com