Juventus manager Antonio Conte believes this evening’s Guinness International Champions Cup clash with Everton represented a useful yardstick by which to measure his team’s progress over the pre-season period to date.
Speaking after the encounter at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the 44-year-old said: “I saw various positive signs this evening. Of course, there are also negative aspects, but it’s best they come out in friendlies because we’ve got time to improve.
“I liked the team’s application. Our legs are still heavy after 15 days of tough work in Chatillon and the first part of our preparations in America, but in the end everyone played a good game.”
Meanwhile, new arrival Angelo Ogbonna, who put in a solid performance at the heart of the back three, says he is confident he will continue to develop even further as he fully adjusts to Conte’s methods.
The 25-year-old commented: “I’m still not fully at my best. Physically speaking, things will only improve as the days go by. The same also applies from a tactical point of view.
“I still need to fully get to grips with the systems, because they’re new concepts as far as I’m concerned. But I’m following both the advice of my manager and team-mates.”
This evening’s goalscorer Kwadwo Asamoah concluded with a reflection on his fine finish and the benefits of the Bianconeri’s intense pre-season preparations.
The Ghanaian midfielder added: “It was a nice goal. The ball arrived at my left foot and I didn’t think twice about shooting. The work we’ve been doing is paying off. I feel good, but neither I nor the team are still 100 per cent.”