The Allievi Nazionali officially began their season today at Vinovo, with the objective of bettering their performance last season, when their chances of Scudetto glory ended in the semi-finals, at the forefront of their minds.
Ivano Della Morte remains the coach of these young prospects, and it is largely the same group that he will be leading in the upcoming campaign, given that last season’s contingent featured a number of younger players. Amongst the new faces are those who have returned from the Allievi B and a few who have joined from the Giovanissimi Nazionali.
After some inspirational start-of-season speeches delivered by Della Morte, Stefano Braghin and Gianluca Pessotto, the squad took to the field at Vinovo, where they will be put through their paces until Sunday.
Following that, they will move their preparations to the same Stadio Brunod pitch whose pristine surface was recently the site of the first team’s own pre-season workouts.
Della Morte has been joined by two new staff members to assist the youngsters in their aim for Scudetto glory this season: new fitness trainer Stefano Cellio and goalkeeping coach Stefano Borla will now be at his side.
Continuing to provide support in this upcoming campaign will be team doctor Marcello Valenti, physiotherapist Marco Maina and accompanying director Roberto Cristofaro. Corrado “Ciccio” Grabbi will also be present to lend a much appreciated hand throughout the squad’s stay in Chatillon before he sets to work with his own Esordienti 2000 group.
The Allievi Nazionali’s aim, according to Ivano Della Morte in a Jtv interview, will be to continue on the positive trend of 2013, a year in which they acquitted themselves extremely well:
“Because a lot of the younger players who featured regularly last year are still in the squad, we’ll probably be considered the team to beat. Actually, though, we don’t want other teams to think of us in that way.
“I’m expecting the boys that were here with me last year to be fired up by narrowly missing out on the Scudetto, and I want the others to be equally motivated.
“For that reason, we, the staff, are leaving for Chatillon determined to help these boys to improve and to teach them about victory.
“The club has made great efforts this year to provide us with the best possible working conditions to improve our play, not least the decision to hold a pre-season training camp in Chatillon, and we’ll try our best to achieve good results in return.”