On the eve of their crunch World League clash with Germany, the Italy men’s water polo team sought inspiration by enjoying a guided tour of Juventus Museum.
The idea came from coach and lifelong Juventus supporter Alessandro Campagna, who led his Olympic runners-up, affectionately known as ‘Settebello’, on a stimulating journey through years of Bianconeri successes.
Speaking of his delight, the 50-year-old began: “It’s a great feeling to be here today. I’m an ardent Juventus fan and know everything about the team. But regardless of whether you’re a supporter of the club or not, you really get a feel for its stature when you come here. This museum was an extraordinary idea.”
Campagna’s men will be in the pool tomorrow night at Turin’s Palazzo del Nuoto looking to make ground on Group C leaders Montenegro in their bid for a place at this summer’s final World League stages in Dubai.
With just one team qualifying from each group, it is vital the Settebello adopt a winning mindset in each of the three encounters that remain.
And captain and goalkeeper Stefano Tempesti believes there is plenty that can be taken on board from Antonio Conte’s reigning champions.
He added: “We admire the unity and team spirit shown by Conte’s group. That’s what sets you apart and is something we look to emulate in our team.
“Motivation always comes from winning. It’s like hunger - the more you eat, the hungrier you are. Victories give you the gratification that pushes you to keep winning.”