The objective to arise from last night’s 3-1 Champions League win over FC Copenhagen was an away draw against Galatasaray that would send Juventus through to the knockout stages, but the more pressing task on the squad’s minds as they returned to Vinovo this morning was victory in Serie A against Udinese.
It will be a novel challenge facing the Bianconeri when the Zebrette visit Juventus Stadium for Sunday’s 18.30 CET kick-off, because whereas previously Antonio Conte’s men have always been chasing leaders Roma, they have now snatched top spot and for the first time this season will be out to hold on to it.
And to ensure that his men hit the ground running in that clash, Conte today sent them out for a friendly match against Derthona, a historic side from Alessandria who now compete in the Serie D championship.
It finished 8-1 to the Bianconeri, with Fabio Quagliarella netting a hat-trick, Mirko Vucinic bagging a brace, Federico Peluso scoring a goal of his own and youngsters Francesco Bertinetti and Vykintas Slivka also weighing in with contributions.
For the stars of the show in last night’s victory over FC Copenhagen, meanwhile, a warm-down session was on the cards.
Tomorrow, Friday 29 November, will see the group carry out a morning training session.