After the fitness tests that formed the main part of Juventus’ training session this morning, Antonio Conte opted to focus on retention of the ball as he directed proceedings for the team’s workout this afternoon.
With the Bianconeri legs stretched after intense fitness drills this morning, the evening began with piggy in the middle, a popular choice amongst players and fans. With two players in the centre of the circle chasing down the ball, those remaining on the outside had to keep it away from them for as long as possible.
With their first touch now warmed up, the Bianconeri moved on to a mini match on a half size pitch, an exercise designed to improve team-work and close control. Each player was only allowed two touches, and the team as a whole had to make 10 before being able to shoot on goal.
Alessandro Matri scored the first Juve goal of the year in the mini match, just as he did on the exact same day last season, and went on to score another in a 3-1 win for his team. For his team’s other goal, Vidal finished off an incisive move that drew the approval of Conte.
New signing Fernando Llorente also got on the scoresheet, netting the only goal for the other side.
The team closed a demanding first day of training by stretching, ahead of a return to the field tomorrow morning.