Juventus kicked off their preparations for Wednesday night’s Guinness International Champions Cup debut against Everton with an afternoon training session at Stanford University’s Cagan Stadium in Palo Alto.
After touching down at San Francisco International Airport shortly after 12.20pm local time, Antonio Conte’s men arrived at their training base for a 5.15pm start in their attempts to quickly adapt to the difference in time zone.
Having gathered the entire squad together for an introductory team talk, Conte began proceedings with a selection of light fitness drills to get the legs moving again after a total of 15 hours in the air.
In temperatures of 22 degrees, Juventus conducted a series of long and short passing exercises before moving on to a possession-based game involving a maximum of two touches.
The touch rule was again enforced for the practice match which concluded this afternoon’s workout, with Conte encouraging the Bianconeri to move the ball quickly around a reduced pitch.
There were no signs of jet lag as two evenly matched sides of 11 played out an intense 35 minutes to bring the workout to a close.
Fabio Quagliarella’s neat lob shot the yellows in front, with Claudio Marchisio doubling the lead shortly afterwards courtesy of a left-footed rocket that fizzed past Marco Storari.
The two-goal deficit appeared to spur the greens on and Fernando Llorente began the comeback when he tapped home from close range after Alessandro Matri’s snap shot on the turn was initially foiled by Rubinho.
Sensing an equaliser could be on the horizon, the greens went for broke and their bold approach was soon rewarded when Arturo Vidal found the target with a well-struck effort from just outside the area, leaving the final score at 2-2.