Juventus have started to put the initial touches on their battle plan for Wednesday night’s Guinness Champions Cup opener against English Premier League side Everton.
Having primarily put his men through fitness work and technical drills throughout the Bianconeri’s first three days in California, Antonio Conte ramped up the team’s tactical preparations during an afternoon session focusing on the specific movements to be deployed at San Francisco’s AT&T Park Stadium.
Beginning with a traditional piggy in the middle possession exercise, Juventus swiftly moved on to moving the ball around as a unit, with particular attention paid to specific attacking plays in the final third.
Another productive workout was rounded off by a combative 11-a-side game. Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring for the greens with a sweetly struck right-footed effort, before new arrival Fernando Llorente continued his pre-season goalscoring form courtesy of an equaliser from close range.
With the encounter hanging in the balance, Arturo Vidal drew applause from watching fans when his fizzing effort bounced back off the bar, only for Luca Marrone to go one better and secure the yellows’ comeback with a well-placed long range strike that arrowed into the top corner.
Tomorrow will see the Bianconeri conduct another double workout. The day will begin with a morning session at Stanford University, with the team to then sample the surface at AT&T Park ahead of their clash with the Toffees.