Primavera boss Andrea Zanchetta says he will bring plenty of passion to his new role as he aims to continue the good work of former coach Marco Baroni after officially assuming the reigns earlier this week.
The 38-year-old, whose career highlights included a 10-year playing stint with Chievo, admitted he feels the responsibility of the task that lies ahead but is confident he can make a positive impact on the club’s youngsters.
Speaking exclusively to Juventus.com, Zanchetta began: “I haven’t been at Juve for long, but I’ve immediately understood the environment I’m in and the great responsibilities that lie ahead.
“I’ve joined one of the best clubs in the world and the finest in Italy at academy level, so my priority is to make sure I’m up to the required standard. I think that passion is the fundamental thing when coaching football and I’ll try and convey that to my players.”
Zanchetta is currently putting his new side through their paces at their pre-season base in Brusson as they gear up for a busy season in which they will be fighting for silverware in five different competitions.
Despite the congested fixture list that lies ahead, he believes he has the required resources to mount a convincing challenge in every tournament contested.
“We know we’ve got many fixtures, but we have a large squad and we’ll need to handle the situation well. Above all the lads need to ensure they’re ready when called upon, considering that everyone will get their opportunity to make a contribution.”
Supporting Zanchetta in the dugout and on the training ground is a familiar face to Bianconeri fans, former defender and World Cup winner Fabio Grosso.
Expressing his delight at returning to the club, the 35-year-old said: “It’s an honour that a team like Juventus have decided to bring me back for this role. I’m full of passion and have a great desire to do well. I’m confident I’ll be able to bring this passion across to the players. Our main objective as staff is to get the best out of them in order to develop future champions for the first team.”