Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo believes his side have to beat Fiorentina this weekend if they are to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
The 26-year-old, who was in action for Brazil last night against the Republic of Ireland at the Emirates, has been heavily criticised following his move from the Viola in the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sport 24, Melo said: “I am doing well with Zaccheroni. I have improved.
“Aside from the knock out suffered against Palermo, we are now starting to win.
“We expect a difficult match against Fiorentina. They are a very good team tactically but it’s a game that we have to win because we are Juventus and Juventus always have to win.”
Asked if he would feel any emotion on returning to Florence for the first time since his transfer in June, Melo said: “Sure, it will be special to return to Florence.
“It’s a city that I will always remember and carry in my heart. Florence gave me everything: the Brazil team and… Juve.”