New Allievi B coach Giuseppe Zappella says he is relishing the challenge of improving the club’s youngsters and helping them make the step up to the Primavera.
The 40-year-old, who enjoyed an 18-year career in professional football, returns to his native Italy after a recent experience coaching in Asia and is eager to put his methods into practice when the team returns to Juventus Center in August.
Speaking exclusively to Juventus.com, Zappella said: “On arriving here I was immediately told that the 1998 squad is a very strong year group. That’s why I know there will be a lot of pressure.
“We’ll be young for our championship, it will be useful to develop the lads and allow them to show what it means to play for Juventus.”
Zappella believes his impressive wealth of experience both in Italy and overseas makes him the ideal candidate for the job.
“I started at Milan’s academy, where I worked in a highly organised environment and at a structure that’s on a level with Juventus Center.
“I gained a lot of experience to rise up the ranks as a footballer, I never reached Serie A, but that hasn’t impeded me. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved, always by giving my best.
“Japan was an adventure that came about by chance. I moved there with my family and my daughter was born there. I was struck by the country's excellent and evolutionary work ethic.
“I’ve had many experiences and now I’m here, ready for this new one, fully fired up and motivated.”