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Lichtsteiner - The secret to staying in good shape

Stephan Lichtsteiner may be 34 but recently said that he feels he has "the body of a 28-year-old" - so what is his secret?

The experienced right-back discussed his preparation, how long he can go on for and more when he faced the media on Wednesday, and this is what he said:

on how he has 'the body of a 28-year-old'...
The secret is work, work, work every day. To repave good, to sleep good, to eat good, to be hungry each day, even with many titles and at 34, I am still hungry to win, I am hungry to come to training each day, so this is the recipe for that.

on how long he can go on...
We will see, let's take it year for year and then we will see.

on moving from the Champions League to the Europa League…
One thing I learned with Juventus is to have respect for each competition. In the last four or five years with Juventus, we tried to play for all the titles, for all the trophies. While the Italian Cup wasn’t that important beforehand, we started to play for it with the best team possible. I think in football you have to respect all the trophies. Of course the Champions League is a more glamorous title, but the Europa League is a really good chance for the team, for the club and all the players to win this nice trophy. I think for that we have to respect all teams in all competitions to give all games 100 per cent.

on how important it is to get back into the Champions League...
As I said, to come back to the glamour games, you need to win the other games first. Now we’re in the situation where we need to win the Europa League, so we’re going to try to win the Europa League. Then, next year I hope, we can talk about the Champions League.

on whether last night's CL games make him more hungry...
I am hungry to get back too the Champions League but it is a long way. We have two chances, between the Europa League and the Premier League so we have to try and I am sure we will want to play in the Champions League next year.

on his debut at left-back v Man City…
It was no problem, I can also play on the left. If you come in after some minutes, it’s not easy. I have to be ready and I’m prepared for that, I have to be ready to play left back, right back, striker, goalkeeper, so I will do everything for the team that is possible.

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