Antonio Conte and Gigi Buffon both claim the Bianconeri’s heavy workload over this summer’s pre-season will start to bear fruit by the time the Italian Super Cup clash with Lazio rolls around on Sunday 18 August.
Despite drawing two and losing one of their three games contested in this year’s Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, the Juventus manager and captain remain united in their belief that plenty of positives can be taken from their time in the United States.
Speaking after this evening’s clash with Inter in Miami, Conte said: “We’ve worked very well. We only lost against Inter on penalties, at the end of a balanced game, but in previous years, in the TIM or Berlusconi Trophies, we’ve also ended up on the losing side.
“I’m satisfied with what I’ve seen: Ogbonna was solid, Tevez has forged an understanding with Vucinic and Mirko showed his capabilities in leading the line. Today we committed the odd error when building the play, but given the heat and our heavy workload, it’s understandable.
“Everyone needs to get into their heads that it won’t be at all straightforward to win again and we’ll need to well to ignore those who have us down as favourites. In my playing career I played four consecutive finals, three Champions League and one UEFA Cup, but I’ve never won three successive Scudetto titles.
“We’ll require constant support from our fans in order to try and complete this achievement. If we’re all able to understand that we’ll come up against great difficulties this year, then we’ll have the possibility to experience further joy.”
Azzurri international goalkeeper Buffon added: “The results of these games don’t worry me. Many of us have been training for just eight or nine days and playing an entire game as some did is tough because we’ve worked a great deal. We’ll now have the time to get over the exertion of our preparation and get ourselves ready for the first official games.”