At the end of the fifth Memorial Miguel Vitulano trophy, the Juventus Allievi find themselves in the same promising position that they did after the conclusion of last year’s campaign: a number of excellent displays put in on the field and behind only a strong Parma side.
The youngsters achieved second place in the competition in Stagno, Livorno, after losing out 2-1 to the team who were champions of Italy last season. A penalty and a defensive mishap in the final meant that Juve, who did score one via King Udoh’s strike, fell just short.
The Bianconeri had sailed through the opening rounds to reach the final. After a 1-1 draw with Genoa in which Udoh was again on the scoresheet, they won 3-0 against both Esperia Viareggio (thanks to Stefano Pellini, Fabio Morselli and Alessio Sallustio) and then Fiorentina (Lorenzo Venturello, Luca Clemenza and Sallustio again).
In view of the team’s chances in the upcoming season, which begins on 8 September, coach Ivano Della Morte will no doubt be immensely encouraged by what he has seen from his players in this latest chapter in their pre-season preparations.
Speaking after the match, he commented on their performance: “In the final we definitely deserved to end up winning, because we put in a great performance and created a huge number of chances. But for me, the most important thing was the quality of the way we played, and even though there is a lot more work to be done, for now I’m very happy.”