With the clock ticking down towards Sunday’s return to league duties in Livorno, Antonio Conte assembled his troops on a rainswept training ground for a morning training session.
Despite this weekend’s opponents currently occupying a position in the lower reaches of Serie A, Conte is fully aware of their desire to upset the odds against the reigning champions and will therefore be demanding maximum focus in the build-up to Sunday’s fixture.
Initial athletic and technical work soon gave way to tactical preparations as the Bianconeri began to run through the exact movements to implement when they line up against the newly-promoted outfit Tuscany.
A promising start to life back in the top flight saw Livorno pick up two wins from their first three games of the season. Yet the early positive signs soon began to face as they emerged victorious in just one of their subsequent nine.
But with two of these triumphs coming at the Stadio Armando Picchi, Davide Nicola will be hoping to make home advantage count and prevent his team - currently three points off the drop zone - from being sucked into a relegation dogfight.
Juventus, however, will be able to go into the fixture with plenty of optimism due to an unbeaten run against Livorno that stretches back 71 years. This streak includes 12 wins from the last 17 games played.
Mauricio Isla, who returned to Turin this morning following his recent involvement with the Chilean national side, underwent an MRI scan at the city’s Fornaca Clinic upon his arrival. This revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee. His condition will be closely monitored over the coming days.