Hellas Verona boss Andrea Mandorlini believes his players will relish the opportunity to step out in front of a capacity crowd and take on the reigning champions when they travel to Juventus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The 53-year-old tactician has steered the Gialloblu back into the top flight after an 11-year exile and is confident his troops are eager to pit their wits against the star-studded Bianconeri line-up.
Speaking to journalists in Verona, Mandorlini began: “I think all of my players have the desire to play in that stadium against the best team in the league. Who wouldn’t? It would be a fine achievement for my players to beat the likes of Vidal and Pirlo.”
Tomorrow’s visitors have begun the campaign brightly and currently occupy a respectable eighth position in the league following last weekend’s victory over Sassuolo and a shock opening-day success against Milan.
And despite admitting the difficulties of producing a similar result against Antonio Conte’s men, Mandorlini has called on his men to maintain their plucky approach tomorrow afternoon.
“We’ve earned the right to play this game and made plenty of sacrifices to get there. We approach the encounter in a good position as far as the league table is concerned and we’ll aim to get some points on the board.
“We gave it our best shot against Roma, but Juventus are a different prospect entirely, the strongest team in every department. Having said that, you can’t take anything for granted in football and we’ll give it all we’ve got to gain a positive result.”