And to do so, he is taking lessons from an unlikely source: Carlos Tevez.
"My point of reference is Tevez," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"When I came here, training was, for me, about having a good time. Instead I'm learning from him to always give the maximum every day.
"After the red card against Arsenal I realized how important it is to worry about my team-mates: I can not leave them with 10 men.
"I need to improve as a player - especially my behaviour on the pitch, but also from a tactical point of view."