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      22.07.2017 01:59 - in: Tour - Field S

      Pre-season opener: No ordinary friendly

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      Mattia De Sciglio and Massimiliano Allegri speak to the media about Saturday's friendly vs Barcelona

      Exactly seven weeks after ending the 2016/2017 season in Cardiff, the next campaign gets underway on Saturday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as Juventus faces Barcelona in their 2017 International Champions Cup opening match. 

      “These are very big matches for our club,” said Massimiliano Allegri through a translator in his pre-match press conference. “At the end of the day this team should’ve celebrated the fantastic successes we had winning the Scudetto and Coppa Italia and I’m disappointed we didn’t celebrate those the way they deserve to be celebrated because of what happened in Cardiff. 

      “This coming season is not going to be easier. Milan has strengthened it’s club with a big amount of acquisitions just have Napoli and Roma…We look forward to implementing the same attitude and mentality of winning another scudetto and going into the new season with even more drive to pick up where we left off in Cardiff.”

      Friday’s press conference also served as an introduction to the media for new Juve defender Mattia De Sciglio officially signed on Thursday from AC Milan. He knows Saturday’s match against Barcelona will be no ordinary debut. 

      “This is the right time in my career to be facing new challenges with a new team," said De Sciglio.

      “Tomorrow's match vs. Barcelona is no normal friendly. We want to give a very good account of ourselves."

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