The Juventus squad currently training in Chatillon is still lacking a number of well known faces who were involved in the Confederations Cup, but the standard at Stadio Brunod continues nonetheless to be worthy of Italian champions.
The first exercise on another hot afternoon in Val d’Aosta was a six-a-side mini match on an extremely reduced area. Antonio Conte had all his players rotating positions and forcing them to play it out from the back through the tight gaps, a useful exercise in build-up play.
Fernando Llorente showed promise of what is to come in the season ahead when he dinked a classy chip over the keeper after he had been put through one-on-one. His finishing overall was superb, netting a hat-trick that began with a goal scored barely after the whistle had blown.
It was not just his goalscoring that caught the eye: he also provided five assists in the mini matches, with a particular standout being his excellent control of a long ball before slipping it to Vidal to run into to the target zone.
Another Juve striker, Alessandro Matri, was also on form, and fans’ hero Arturo Vidal slotted past three defenders diving in front of the path of his shot.
The goalkeepers, too, continue to work hard in Chatillon, with coach Claudio Filippi throwing balls at them from close range to practice their control of a pass with all parts of the body.
The 10-a-side match, which kicked off after a round of piggy in the middle, proved an exciting showcase for the club’s new signings. Angelo Ogbonna played the ball well from the back and pulled off an important slide tackle to deny an opponent reaching the target zone. Carlos Tévez was in the mood for a goal, and only some impressive saves from Rubinho prevented him.
Conte, as always, received an adoring cheer from the fans in the stands of Stadio Brunod. He once again emphasised the importance of teamwork in today’s session, shouting for his players to support each other in attack.