MILAN – Today it was Juan Jesus’ turn. The Brazilian attempted to respond to the more than 2,000 tweets from Nerazzurri fans on Twitter who had the possibility of writing to and interacting with the Inter defender. Juan arrived at the club’s headquarters at 14:30 and for more than two hours enjoyed the fans’ encouragement and live participation.
Everyone wanted to know how he was doing, and he responded ironically: "when I’m not on the pitch I get really bored". His desire to get back in action and help Inter, the team in which he had always hoped to play, was clear. His answer was simple yet wise when it came to the matter of his injury. "It’s something I think of as experience. It was the first time it had ever happened to me. But I’m not afraid of anything. Ever."
As soon as he stepped on the pitch in his debut against Torino he felt "very emotional because the dream had become reality".
Some of the most frequent questions dealt with which team-mates he feels closest to. His response: "I get on well with everyone, but I often spend time with Jonathan, Rolando and Kovacic". His favourite dish is "pasta alla carbonara", but also "cacio e pepe". His footballing idol: "Cristiano Ronaldo". JJ also named Facchetti as his favourite Inter player from the past.
He listens to hip hop and ‘sertanejo’, a style of Brazilian music. The defender loves his Play Station and when he goes out to eat with his family they choose Brazilian restaurants. Lucio is the footballer that inspires him, Samuel has taught him a lot on the pitch, Nagatomo is a fantastic person and he counts Ranocchia as a great friend.
He’s waiting for Vidic next season because, "I can learn a lot from him, and he’ll help the team." He often goes out with Hernanes and believes Kovacic has what it takes to become the new Iniesta. His favourites for the World Cup are Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain, while for the Champions League he’s hoping to see Real Madrid lift the trophy.
He promised he’d be back in action soon, and to be in Pinzolo for pre-season training. We’ll be expecting him!
JJ is a true fighter, and we can see he’s certainly not scared of anything.