Andrea Barzagli may have experienced his sixth Villar Perosa friendly since joining Juventus in 2011, but the passion for all things Bianconeri on behalf of the thousands of fans who flock to the traditional venue each August knows no decline, as the defender emphasised early on in his post-match interview.
“Today’s was a wonderful party for all associated with the club just like every year. The supporters here are able to get close to the action and we can feel all of their affection for us.”
With today’s 2-0 win over Fabio Grosso’s Primavera marking Juve’s sixth and final pre-season outing, Barzagli and company can now turn their undivided attentions to Saturday’s visit of Fiorentina for their Serie A curtain-raiser. With fixtures against Lazio and Inter following shortly afterwards, the Italy international stressed the importance of getting out of the traps quickly, whilst praising the five new arrivals for the way they’ve already integrated into the side.
“We’ve a tough start to the season and it will be imperative to be completely focused from the word go and get points on the board early doors. We’ve put in the hard yards this summer and I’m feeling positive about our chances this term.
“The signings have bedded in very well, immediately understanding what it means to represent these colours. We need to continue to get to know one another better and we’ll grow even stronger as a group.”
Ever-growing cohesion will naturally increase the club’s chances of reaching its goals for the coming campaign, one in which Barzagli hopes will culminate in an historic sixth straight Serie A crown among lifting the other titles available to them.
“We’re setting the bar high this season and, as ever, we’ll do our all in order to achieve these objectives. We’re aware that we remain the team to beat in Italy, but we’ve our eyes trained on going all the way in every single competition.
“We can’t take anything for granted, however, as there are several title contenders. We can expect tough competition yet again, but we want a sixth successive Scudetto, as there’s simply nothing better than winning.”