Andrea Barzagli took an important step towards making his full first-team comeback by getting 75 minutes of game time under his belt in this afternoon’s 2-0 Primavera friendly victory over Ivrea at Juventus Center.
The defender’s progress was monitored on the sidelines by Massimiliano Allegri, Fabio Paratici, Pavel Nedved, Gianluca Pessotto and Stefano Braghin.
Also present to lend support to their team-mate were Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Andrea Pirlo.
Taking things one step further from the balcony overlooking the pitch was goalkeeper Marco Storari, who brought a trumpet along to add extra musical accompaniment to the chants for Barzagli.
Back on the pitch, the defender put in an assured display during his 75 minutes alongside Fabio Grosso’s youngsters, making a series of important interceptions and marshalling the backline with customary composure.
The game finished 2-0 to the Bianconeri, with both goals coming inside the opening 30 minutes of the restart courtesy of Andrea Favilli and King Udoh.
It served as an ideal way for the Primavera to warm up for Saturday’s crucial Coppa Italia second-leg semi-final against Lazio in Ivrea, where they will be required to overturn a 2-0 deficit suffered in last weekend’s first meeting.