Summer tours to far-off places lay the foundations to build on fanbases.
As it was in Jakarta, the Bianconeri have been swamped by hoards of Australian fans who have come from all over the nation to see their beloved side play.
The Asia-Pacific tour has been an exhilarating experience for the players thus far and Paul Pogba spoke to Juventus.com earlier to reecho those sentiments: “We didn’t expect to see such a big following outside of Europe, especially in a country so far away from ours.
“It’s very important for us to know about these supporters and it’s great for them to have the opportunity of watching the team live.”
Juventus’ Australian fans have only, up until now, been able to greet the players as they made their way to training yesterday as well as to this evening’s session at the Jubilee Oval. Tomorrow’s game against the A League All-Stars, however, provides these supporters the possibility of witnessing the Italian champions play in the flesh for the very first time.
In addition, the exhibition match will offer Pogba and his team-mates the opportunity of another important 90 minutes under their belt as they ramp up the intensity of their preparations.
“These games are an important step towards the team’s pre-season preparations. We have to be focused and ready ourselves to the best of our abilities for the upcoming campaign.”
According to the 21-year-old, the targets for 2014/15 are clear: “We want to win the Scudetto again. The manager has already lifted the league title and the players, club and president all have the utmost faith in him. We’re very happy to work with him.”