A new group of lads, but the same target. It's been another happy festive period for Juve Under-15s coach Claudio Gabetta. Just like last year, when he was in charge of the Bianconeri youngsters born in 1998, his work with this season's crop of '99s bore fruit immediately. And this year he hopes to be able to reap the rewards in Chianciano, where in the last two seasons only some incredibly bad luck has denied the Giovanissimi Nazionali the chance of a shot at the title.
The Scudetto is a target that will be chased down in typical Bianconeri style, as the coach explained in an exclusive interview with JTV.
He began: “The first part of 2013 was very good and we reached the end-of-season finals in Chianciano Terme with the lads from '98.
“Then in the summer we set off again with the '99s. They're a determined bunch who are really trying to bond as a squad. I think they're a very close-knit group and they've come on leaps and bounds in the last few months. I'm pleased because we're producing some lovely football in the tradition of this football club.”
Gabetta is right. His boys were nothing short of exceptional in the first half of the season, racking up 11 wins and two draws from 13 matches. They also boast the best defence and the best attack, while their 3-0 success over city rivals Torino just before the break confirmed the Bianconeri's supremacy.
Further confirmation will now be sought in 2014, a year that gets under way right after the New Year celebrations.
The coach concluded: “We'll start training again on 28 December as we begin the new year with the Tappari tournament, which we really want to do well in since we're the reigning champions. Then it's back to championship duties on 12 January. What are we aiming for? To keep improving and to do even better.”