It was a session that promises much for the 2013/14 season ahead. Carlos Tevez may take the headlines, but his strike partners were all on song in an entertaining mini match at Stadio Brunod, and Antonio Conte will be pleased that the little flicks and touches of interplay between the frontmen are increasingly finding their targets as the pre-season training camp progresses.
The workout began with exercise similar to a rugby match, in which the teams had to pass the their way to an end-zone.
It was not just the weather that delivered on expectations. The mini match was the event that the fans had been waiting for and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Arturo Vidal vs Angelo Ogbonna was a fascinating duel that counted as its best moments some excellent challenges from the Italian and a stunning touch from the Chilean to control the ball in the air.
It was Fabio Quagliarella, the stand-out player today with the possible exception of Ogbonna, who scored the first goal for the side in yellow. The 30-year-old fired into the bottom corner from outside the box to give his side the advantage.
Simone Padoin levelled things with a clinical volley from a Carlos Tevez flick-up, before the Argentine himself put one past Rubinho to continue his fine striking form and put his team in front.
With the game poised under Conte’s one-touch rule, the manager called to signal free play, and it was a change that produced a decisive climax.
It was Alessandro Matri’s turn to shine: he pulled off the neatest finish of the day with a chip over the onrushing goalie and did the exact same moments later to win the game.
The Bianconeri will take to the field again at 10am (CET) tomorrow.