After Antonio Conte’s first team successfully overcame the hurdle of Avellino in midweek, this afternoon brings the turn of the Primavera to try and extend their run in this year’s Coppa Italia competition.
There is more than a spot in the semi-finals at stake, though, as the nature of the opposition - none other than inter-city rivals Torino – means both sides will be determined to claim local bragging rights in their last opportunity of the calendar year.
Revenge is on the agenda for Andrea Zanchetta’s youngsters as they strive to atone for the heartbreaking last-gasp 3-2 defeat suffered when the teams met for the first time this season.
A victory would be the perfect end to a special year for the Primavera, who won the Coppa Italia under former coach Marco Baroni in April before seeing in the Zanchetta era with September’s Super Cup success over Lazio.
In addition, a morale-boosting win could also provide the ideal springboard for a triumphant 2014, when several decisive challenges await. The Bianconeri’s main aims will be to secure an all-important championship playoff place and continue their favourable tradition in Feburary’s Viareggio Cup tournament.