Juventus warmed up in style for tomorrow’s encounter with a side made up of players from the Val d’Aosta region by playing out a dynamic mini match at the Stadio Brunod.
This afternoon’s session began with a passing exercise using the whole pitch, a drill which involved the Bianconeri playing it around the other players standing as obstacles.
It’s easy to forget that passing is a big part of the goalkeepers’ game as well, and with that in mind the four stoppers did some drills that concentrated on their distribution.
With the technical exercises and piggy in the middle finished, a half-pitch 11-a-side mini match got underway.
Conte made the decision to try out the striking combination of Tevez and Llorente by placing them on the same team, and it was a rousing success. The Spaniard volleyed in an excellent cross from Paolo De Ceglie, before rifling a pass from the Argentine into the top corner. The two combined to perfection throughout.
Mirko Vucinic was then added to form a three-pronged attack and things only got better. The 29-year-old stole the ball from an opponent before sliding it to Tevez, who couldn’t miss.
The Primavera youngsters more than held their own - midfielder Fausto Rossi scored a competent finish - and De Ceglie slotted a neat strike across Marco Storari from wide after some good build-up play from Tevez.
The goalkeepers also performed well, with Rubinho saving from Alessandro Matri with a trailing leg and Storari blocking well on a number of occasions.
Having done his work for the day with impressive style, Llorente went above and beyond the call of duty by staying on for as long as possible to sign autographs for his fans, as if they needed any more reasons to call him their idol.