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Medhi Benatia reveals Juventus ultimate dream

15:52 GMT 24/03/2018
Medhi Benatia Juventus Roma
With the Coppa Italia final and Champions League quarterfinal spots secured, the 28-year-old is eyeing a treble this season

Medhi Benatia has backed Juventus to achieve their dream of winning the Uefa Champions League, Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia this season.

After enduring a difficult start to the 2017-18 league campaign, Massimiliano Allegri's men are back at the top of the Serie A log with two adrift of rivals Napoli.

Aside from their resurgence in the Italian topflight, the Old Lady have sealed a Coppa Italia final date with AC Milan and a Uefa Champions League quarterfinal clash with Real Madrid.

And the Morocco international has tipped the Allianz Stadium outfit to go a step further than last season when they won the league title and the Italian Cup.

"At the start, everything seems uphill because there’s so much sacrifice and you have to give 110 percent every day, but now I feel good," Benatia told TuttoSport.

“Winning everything is a stimulus, we’ll try to make it happen and then we’ll think about the World Cup.

“For now, I’m focused on my club because if I want to have a good World Cup, it all goes through Juventus.

“The priority remains the Scudetto and then the Champions League, which is our dream and that of all our fans."

The Old Lady visit Zinedine Zidane's men for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal fixture - an encounter that relives the 2017 Uefa Champions League final.

And the former Bayern Munich centre-back has revealed what he told his compatriot Achraf Hakimi ahead of the crunch tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“It’ll be my first time at the Bernabeu," he continued.

"As for [Achraf] Hakimi, who plays for Real, I’d tell him that we’re a different team to last year. Still, he’s a rising star. You don’t play for Real at 20 years of age if you have no talent."

Benatia who captained Morocco to their first World Cup finals since 1998, backed Juventus' playing style and wishes to introduce it to Herve Renard's squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Juventus don’t ask you to be nice or play good football, but to win. This is the mentality that I’ve also tried to transfer to Morocco," he concluded.