Preparations in Juventus' youth sector are in full flow as the new Giovanissimi Nazionali became the latest to hold their first training session of the new campaign. They followed the example of both the Allievi Nazionali, whose first outing was this morning in Vinnovo, and the Primavera, who are currently based in Brusson.
It is Claudio Gabetta’s fourth season in the dugout for the Giovanissimi, a team which nurtures future Bianconeri stars and is therefore one of the club’s most important facets. For the youngsters involved, it will be the first true national championship of their lives.
The target of winning the Scudetto is one that Gabetta’s boys have narrowly missed out on in recent campaigns after some extraordinary bad luck, but the boss is hoping that their fortunes will change this season.
“We are badly owed some good luck," he said in an interview with Jtv, “so hopefully we will be rewarded now. I've been very pleased with the boys that I’ve trained over the last few years, and in fact some of the 15-year-olds have already made the leap to the Allievi Nazionali this season."
His current 14-year-olds began their season today, first receiving a welcome from the directors of the club’s youth sector at Vinovo, their base until they leave for Saint-Vincent on Sunday.
Their training sessions in Val d’Aosta will take place at Stadio Perruca, the stadium which saw the first team’s friendly against Rappresentativa Val d’Aosta and which Gabetta praised when speaking to Jtv:
“It's a very high level stadium, and that will allow us to prepare ourselves well for a great season. Most importantly, the pre-season training camp will allow us to establish the team-chemistry that is vital for success when dealing with a new group.
“This is the perfect time for the players to deepen their understanding of each other on and off the field, even if some of the group have already been at Juventus for a few years. We’ll begin this year with enthusiasm and determination. It’s a great pleasure for me personally to continue working for the club."
For this 2013/14 season, there will be a number of changes amongst Claudio Gabetta’s staff. The fitness trainer will be Ivan Teoli, with Luca Squinzani looking after the goalkeepers and Massimiliano Ferrarotti taking on the role of accompanying director. Team doctor Luca Semperboni and physiotherapist Andrea Scarafiotti will make up the medical staff, and Massimiliano Marchio will also be making an important contribution in these first weeks of training.