Claudio Marchisio elected to pay tribute to the loyal Juventus fans who packed out Villar Perosa’s Stadio Comunale for this afternoon’s friendly against the Primavera.
The boyhood Bianconeri midfielder believes the traditional pre-season curtain raiser provides an important final workout as the team begins to turn its attentions to next Sunday’s Italian Super Cup showdown with Lazio in Rome.
Speaking to reporters at the interval, Marchisio began: “This is a special day and an occasion the fans have always turned out for, even when things weren’t going as well. It’s a wonderful party for them and the Agnellis and also a useful test ahead of the Super Cup.”
The 27-year-old concluded by expressing his belief that the hard work conducted over pre-season will stand Juventus in good stead for the official start of the 2013/14 campaign.
“When you always win it’s normal that the odd negative result might raise a few eyebrows. But losing friendlies is something that can happen. In the USA we lost two games on penalties, after having put in decent performances over the 90 minutes. The workload has been important throughout our entire pre-season preparations and now we need to give even more in order to start off on the right foot.”