Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio smoked four packs of cigarettes a day but ex-Arsenal defender Armand Traore has ‘never seen anyone run like he does’

Armand Traore has revealed how Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio smoked four packs of cigarettes a day… but could still run like no one else.
Traore moved to Juve on loan from Arsenal for the 2010/11 season, going on to play 12 times for the Serie A giants.
Marchisio played 389 games for JuventusGetty Images – Getty
The Senegal defender joined Kick Off on talkSPORT on Thursday, and told the story about his first morning in Turin.
And he revealed he was shocked about how the players were preparing for the day as he came to terms with his new surroundings.
“I went to Juventus when I was 20,” began Traore. “I had already been in England for five years.
“When I turned up on the first morning for training I was like, ‘where are all the players’. 
“There was no one in the dressing room, no one in the gym, a couple of players in the treatment room…
Traore joined Juve for the 2010/11 seasonAFP – Getty
“They were all in the showers, having breakfast and smoking fags and drinking espressos!
“I was completely shocked as they would have a bottle of wine the night before a game when you are having dinner with the team.
“You would go for your pre-match meal the night before and they will have bottles of red wine there!
“That was one of the things that shocked me.
“And Marchisio used to smoke four packs a day, but I’ve never seen anyone run like he does.”
Traore played 32 times for Arsenal before leaving for QPR on a permanent basisIcon Sport – Getty
Traore spent the entire 2010/11 season with Juventus but returned to Arsenal after making just 12 appearances.
He went on to join Queens Park Rangers, where he would spend five seasons, before spells at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff.

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