Whether at senior or junior level, few games can match the anticipation, energy and excitement of a local derby, not least when it concerns the league’s current leaders, Juventus and the reigning champions, Torino.
Luckily, in world champion Fabio Grosso, scorer of Italy’s crucial opening goal in the 2006 semi-final against Germany and the taker of the decisive penalty in the tournament’s showpiece, the Bianconeri’s Primavera young guns can count on a head coach who knows all about getting results when the pressure is on.
Such experience of the big occasion will only serve to improve the mettle of Juve’s academy youngsters then as they look to build on an excellent first half of the season that sees them top the table at the midway point.
What’s more, Saturday’s encounter (13.00 CET kick-off) with local rivals Torino will present Grosso’s side with a fine opportunity to reassert their title credentials and extend their lead at the summit.
Speaking to Jtv about the weekend and campaign ahead, the former wing-back was in doubt as to the qualities of his team to do just that in Vinovo tomorrow but only if they succeed in transferring their undoubted potential into another strong showing on the pitch and attack their opponents from the very first whistle.