Viareggio Cup champions, narrowly beaten Coppa Italia finalists and runaway winners of the Primavera preliminary league phase, the 2015/16 season has certainly been one to celebrate for Juventus’ U19 outfit.
Such is the nature of the country’s national academy competition, whereby the top four of both season-long leagues compete in a Final Eight knockout tournament, and the personality of the young Bianconeri’s coach, the campaign however is far from finished.
As a World Cup winner, it should not be surprising that Fabio Grosso demands “perfection” from his team as they approach their first of hopefully three play-off fixtures on Sunday and the former Juve wing-back has called for his charges to “make a great year an extraordinary one” by winning their second piece of silverware.
Previewing this weekend’s encounter with Empoli he commented, “We’ve had a great year but now is the time to make it an extraordinary one. From now on we need to be as close to perfect as possible in our performances because in a knockout competition like this, you can’t leave anything to chance.
“The boys sense the importance of the coming weeks and as a coach, that is something that you always want to see from your players. What’s more, even at this stage of a long season, the team hasn’t lost sight of what makes us such a good group.”