Just a few more days to go then the serious business begins. Juve's first competitive fixture of the season also offers the first chance to claim some silverware and Daniele Rugani says the Bianconeri are determined not to pass up the opportunity.
Ahead of Sunday's Italian Super Cup encounter with Lazio, the Italy defender took stock of Juve's pre-season preparations and cast his gaze forward over the next nine months.
“After the heavy loads we were working with at the start of pre-season, we've reverted to a normal sort of training regime now so that we can prepare for the Super Cup properly. The lads are in good shape. Our US tour was a great experience: we got lots of good work done and now we have to start making it pay dividends.”
U21 EUROS WITH BERNARDESCHI
“Going to the Euros was a fantastic experience for me as it helped me grow both as a player and person. I'm grateful to the FA and the coach for giving me the chance to be a part of that squad.
“As for Federico [Bernardeschi], I've known him for years and I'm delighted he's joined us. He's a top player and I'm sure he'll be a huge success at Juve.”
NEW SEASON. NEW FACES
“All the new guys who have come in are great players. We knew about them before they joined and we all know what they're capable of. They're settling in well. Obviously it takes a little while to get into the swing of things but they're getting there and I'm sure they'll help us a lot. The club have done an excellent job.
“[Leonardo] Bonucci was a very important player for us, there's no denying that. He made a personal choice but I think we have lots of great players here who can have a big part to play.”