The countdown to Tuesday night’s crucial Champions League Group B clash with Galatasaray is officially underway after Juventus touched down in Istanbul at just after 19.40 local time.
Having completed their penultimate workout in Vinovo this morning, Antonio Conte’s men enjoyed lunch at the club’s training complex before catching their afternoon charter flight from Turin’s Caselle airport.
Joining Conte and his 25-man first-team squad on the plane to Turkey were Andrea Zanchetta’s Primavera side, in Youth League action against Galatasaray on Tuesday at 14. CET, and Andrea Agnelli, Aldo Mazzia and Pavel Nedved.
The reigning champions’ arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport sparked plenty of excitement amongst several supporters who had waited patiently to catch a glimpse of their heroes as they emerged through customs.
Conte’s charges will now dine at the team hotel before recharging their batteries ahead of tomorrow’s all important build-up at the 52,695 capacity Turk Telekom Arena.
Before plotting the downfall of Roberto Mancini’s men at the multi-purpose venue during tomorrow evening’s final training session, Conte and Gigi Buffon are to meet the media at 17.00 CET.