Luca Marrone has declared himself ecstatic at his increased reponsibilities at Juventus this season, despite playing in an unfamiliar role.
The 22-year-old ended last season by setting the Bianconeri on their way to a 3-1 win over Atalanta and he could not hide his pleasure at figuring in the starting line-up for this term's first game against Parma,
"I was in the starting line-up for the first championship game of the season, in front of our own supporters and - just as it is every time I pull on this shirt - it felt like I was living a dream," Marrone said to Juventus' official website.
"I'm happy with how everything's going. I want to show even more and establish myself as a Juventus player."
Marrone has undergone a switch from his usual midfield position to an unfamiliar defensive role, after impressing as a central-defender during the club's pre-season, and the former Italy Under-21 international praised everyone at the club for their help during his adjustment.
"The toughest thing to take on board is the tactical aspect. You need to maintain your concentration at all times and make the right movements when covering.
"On the other hand I feel at ease when setting the play. I operate practically 10 metres behind Pirlo and have to act as a sweeper.
"In any case there’s a lot to work on during the week and I’m helped by advice from both staff and fellow team-mates.
"Having the Scudetto on our chests gives us strength, but it also brings responsibility. We must show our worth every time we cross that white line."