After making their return from Lisbon this afternoon, Juventus got straight back on the training ground to prepare for Monday evening’s clash with Sassuolo at the Stadio Città del Tricolore.
With the focus now switching immediately from Europa League to Serie A, Antonio Conte will be encouraging his men to remain on track for a third successive title by obtaining what would be an 11th win from their last 12 league games contested.
But while the form book may have the Bianconeri down as favourites, Conte will be aware of the surprises that can be thrown up at this time of year, especially when taking on a side fighting for the right to prolong their adventure in the country’s top division.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s charges, who won Serie B last year, are indeed mounting a convincing challenge for survival and approach the game clear of 18th placed Bologna on goal difference, a side they traded places with following last week’s crucial away win over fellow strugglers Chievo.
The Bianconeri, therefore, know that thorough preparation is key and commenced their build-up with a warm-down for those who played at the Estadio da Luz, while the remainder conducted an athletic and technical session.
The league leaders’ focus will intensify when they regroup on the training ground for another session tomorrow morning.