The players endured a strenuous outing this morning, but there was no let-up in the intensity this afternoon as they continued their preparations for Wednesday’s friendly against a side of players from the Val d’Aosta region and the season beyond.
The goalkeepers started proceedings with a piggy in the middle exercise, throwing the ball rather than passing with feet, and the players began to follow suit soon afterwards.
Next on Antonio Conte’s agenda was an exercise in which one group had to keep possession from the opposing team within a small square.
Goalkeeping coach Claudio Filippi moved on to firing a variety of different shots at the Bianconeri stoppers, including awkward bounces just in front of goal. It was then time to work on the feet as well as the hands, so they practiced long range passing between the four of them.
Just as in yesterday afternoon’s workout, two six-a-side matches were played in opposite halves of the pitch.
The fans loved Arturo Vidal’s overhead kick that went narrowly over, but it was a Mirko Vucinic goal that truly caught the eye this afternoon at the Stadio Brunod: the Montenegrin netted a long range chip with consummate ease.
Mention should go to Kwadwo Asamoah, who kept things ticking over in midfield with his tireless running, and the Primavera youngsters who managed to hold their own against their senior counterparts.