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    28.07.2013 05:50 - in: The team S

    Chiellini happy with progress in California

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    The defender expresses his delight at the Bianconeri’s decision to hold their pre-season preparations in the USA: “The facilities and climate are ideal in which to work hard”

    Giorgio Chiellini believes the Bianconeri have made the perfect choice in choosing Stanford University as their training base for this summer’s Jeep US Tour.

    The players underwent their first workout at Cagan Stadium yesterday afternoon before returning for another intense training session this morning.

    And the defender says the Californian setting will ensure the team is well prepared ahead of Wednesday’s Guinness International Champions Cup opener against English Premier League side Everton.

    Speaking exclusively to Juventus.com, Chiellini said: “The facilities are incredible, especially considering that it’s a university. In addition the climate is ideal in which to work hard and we’ll do just that. After our holidays, we were eager to reunite as a group and get going again.”

    The 28-year-old claims the opportunity for the Bianconeri to pit their wits against top sides from across the world will enable them to refine their game plan ahead of August’s Italian Super Cup clash against Lazio.

    “Our first target is the Super Cup and the upcoming games will be useful to regain our condition and perfect the movements we haven’t run through for a month or so. Games against sides from other countries help increase your awareness, even though your physical condition still isn’t at its peak.”

    Juventus will be aided in their quest to retain their Super Cup and Scudetto titles by new arrivals Angelo Ogbonna, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.

    And Chiellini believes the trio have made a seamless adaptation to life at the club.

    “Ogbonna’s a new arrival at Juventus, but we already knew each other from both playing in the international side and living in Turin, so he certainly won’t have any problems in settling in. The same goes for Llorente and Tevez, who already speak the language. They both have enthusiasm and desire, which are fundamental ingredients for the new season.”

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