Antonio Conte led his troops through an entertaining morning training session as the Bianconeri combined the inevitable hard work required to approach the new campaign in peak condition with an element of fun.
Day three of the team’s pre-season training camp in America began with a half an hour session in the gymnasium before Conte’s men took to the field at Stanford University’s Cagan Stadium for a 10.30am start.
Backed by a selection of local fans basking in the Californian sun on the sidelines, Juventus began their on-field preparations with a host of drills designed to hone their passing and movement, building on an initial one-touch rule with several touches whilst maneuvering around mannequins.
It was then time for the classic piggy in the middle exercise, with two players chasing the ball down as the circle attempted to string together ten successful passes in a row. As in Chatillon, those who failed to prevent their team-mates from completing the task were required to perform ten press ups.
Pace, reactions and guile were the main requirements of the next drill, which saw the players handed green bibs tasked with stopping their contemporaries in yellow, who in turn endeavoured to escape the attentions of their man marker.
A well-earned extended water break was proceeded by an exciting crossbar challenge, where the players tried their luck at striking the woodwork from the halfway line. Martin Caceres, Sebastian Giovinco and Mauricio Isla went the closest of the group to hitting the target, but after 15 minutes of fun it was time to return to the hard graft.
Another principal feature of the team’s 10-day stay in Chatillon – the shuttle runs – brought the session to a close. Those present in Val d’Aosta conducted intervals of 100m, 80m and 50m, while the returning international players were put through laps of 300m.