Juventus’ Primavera side showed that their hard work in Brusson has been a fruitful undertaking with a confident 2-0 friendly win yesterday over Bra, a team about to debut in Lega Pro.
In their first encounter after leaving their pre-season training base in Val d’Aosta, Simone Emmanuello and Erik Lanini provided the decisive strikes and Andrea Zanchetta’s men gave fans much to be excited out besides with some flashes of real talent.
On a sweltering day even at the 6.30 pm (CET) kick-off time, there were a number of interesting inclusions to the 11 that took to the field.
Moroccan Under 17 international Younes Marzouk, a new arrival from Metz just a few days ago, started the game along with Greek talent Anastasios Donis, star of last season in the Allievi Nazionali.
Filippo Penna, Pol Garcia Tena, Gianmarco Vannucchi and Emmanuello were all in action having rejoined the group after training with the first team in Chatillon, and it was the latter player who opened the scoring after 10 minutes when he put the finishing touch on a delightful team move.
Francesco Bertinetti replaced Christian Tavanti just before the break and another 10 new faces took to the field in the second half, ensuring that all members of the squad were able to put the things they had learned at Brusson to the test.
Lanini netted a penalty to put the Bianconeri in front, and although Albert Roussos was unable to equal his team-mate from the spot later on in the match, the Primavera’s lead remained secure and they ended the fixture victorious.
Bra were extremely unlucky to see two of their players leave the field on stretchers and their second goalkeeper forced to abandon the game after receiving a boot to the face, but the Primavera had their own injury problem: Tavanti’s earlier exit had been out of necessity after picking up a knock.
It was a relatively comfortable victory, and three weeks before their league campaign begins on Saturday 25 August the Primavera already seem to be heading for good things. In the meantime, the much-anticipated Villar Perosa fixture against the first team awaits them on 11 August.