Gianluca Pessotto says he is looking forward to this weekend’s Derby della Mole double header, which sees both Antonio Conte’s first-team and Andrea Zanchetta’s Primavera lock horns with their inter-city rivals.
Speaking on Jtv’s ‘Filo Diretto’, the youth academy sporting director, who represented both Juventus and Torino during an illustrious playing career, began by considering the fortunes of the Primavera, who will be vying to make up ground on the league leaders in their bid to secure a place in this year’s end of season playoffs.
“It’s great to have both derbies played over the course of one weekend. As far as the Primavera are concerned, we want to reduce the distance in the league and aim to qualify for the championship’s final stages. It will be an intense game, as many of the youngsters already know each other from a rivalry that stretches back to their Giovanissimi and Allievi days.
“It’s a new group for the Primavera this season, featuring players with great potential. The club’s work is very important, plenty of investment and belief has been placed in the youth academy. It’s a five to ten year process and a gradual reconstruction, but I hope we’ll soon see the fruits of our labour.”
Turning his attentions to the overall picture, Pessotto believes the club’s determination both on and off the field will enable the gap to be closed on European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“Juventus is developing as a club and team. I believe there’s still one further stage to go before we can compete with teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. We’re making up ground, though, and the hard work behind the scenes will pay off.”
Whilst acknowledging the difficulties that lie ahead between now and the end of the season, the 43-year-old is backing Conte’s men to complete their mission of lifting a “deserved” third consecutive Scudetto.
He concluded: “Last January was a difficult month which the team did brilliantly to overcome. I wouldn’t be worried if the performances aren't as perfect as we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
“There are plenty of demanding games to play, but Juventus want to go all the way and win the Scudetto, an achievement that would be fully deserved.”