Having returned to Turin in the early hours of Wednesday morning following their opening UEFA Youth League outing against FC Copenhagen, the Primavera are now preparing to tackle another important fixture in the calendar, Saturday afternoon’s derby against Torino.
After seeing their hopes of beginning this season’s European campaign on a victorious note evaporate courtesy of a last-gasp equaliser in Denmark, Andrea Zanchetta’s side will be even more determined to return to winning ways when they square up with their historic inter-city rivals at Venaria.
In addition to local bragging rights, top spot could also be up for grabs, with the Bianconeri joined in second place by a cluster of four teams on six points, one behind current leaders Torino.
Both sides have already met in this summer’s pre-season ‘Mamma Cairo’ memorial tournament contested in Alessandria, where the Primavera edged out Milan, Inter and their rivals en route to eventual success.
A positive result in Saturday’s derby will ensure morale is sky high when the Stanchetta's charges aim for their first silverware of the season in next Thursday’s one-off Super Cup final clash against Lazio.