Wednesday, August 19, 2009

And Now, On With The Championship

With the Trofeo Berlusconi having brought an end to the pre-season matches, Juventus is preparing for the official season. The bianconeri met in Vinovo this afternoon for the first session of the week. (excluding the fine-tuning yesterday, before the match against Milan) which will lead to the match against Chievo, on schedule for Sunday afternoon at 20:30hrs at the Stadio Olimpico.

The group, with only Sissoko (in France for treatment) and Caceres (granted leave), first met with Ferrara for instructions in the centre of the field and then Grygera, Chiellini, Del Piero, Felipe Melo, Camoranesi, Almiron, Diego, Tiago, Giovinco and Zebina went to the gym while the rest of the team stayed on the field where the players who played yesterday took part in an unwinding session while the others participated in athletic work followed by technique exercises and a series of mini-matches on a reduced field.
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Primavera: 1-1 Against Inter, But The Result Is Under Judicial Scrutiny

After the defeat on the day before against Roma, Bruni’s Primavera returned on the field for the “Tirreno e Sport” tournament which saw Juventus playing against Inter in Bracciano. The bianconeri played a good match, especially in the first half while in the second half exhaustion left a mark. Yago’s goal, which put the bianconeri ahead, was equalised by an-own goal by Bamba. The match ended in a 1-1 draw but the result is under judicial scrutiny with the verdict expected on Wednesday morning.
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Marchisio: "We Are Ready"

With the Trofeo Berlusconi having been archived, the summer friendly matches of Juventus also came to an end. As from Sunday it is down to the serious staff with the first championship match day. Claudio Marchisio, one of the absolute protagonists both in bianconero and in azzurro with which he debuted less then a week ago, analyzed the situation:

"We had a good pre-season reaching the Peace Cup final, winning the Trofeo Tim and losing the Trofeo Berlusconi only after penalties. We played well, especially in the first half while in the second we had a physical decline. However, this match has satisfied us because we managed to do what the coach asked of us".

The summer saw an important change on formation level: "It is not the 4-4-2 formation which was traditional for years and which we adopted in the last seasons. At first we found a few difficulties but we worked well and the results are beginning to show".

On what he expects from this season both on team and personal level, Marchisio has no doubts:

"To go on like this. It was an important summer to me, both for the work done and the debut with the national team, but most of all I think that on team level we must aim high in all competitions because with this team, strengthened by the new signings, we can win on all fronts. We are at the start of the season. There is time for improvement but I think we are at a good point".

Is Inter always the team to beat?

"I think, that not withstanding Ibrahimovic’s departure, they were strengthened, but we must look at ourselves because in football the one who is most hungry for success is the one that wins. We must also improve against the smaller teams, something which we missed last year".
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Cannavaro: "Diego Is A Very Important Player"

During the launch of the new sky schedule, Fabio Cannavro spoke of the Trofeo Berlusconi and the bianconeri’s ambition for the season that is about to begin:

"Juventus played a very good match in Milan. Diego showed he is a very important player for our formations. The club invested a lot of money. After 3 years it wants to get back to celebrating with its supporters".

Asked about the incredible wages, Cannavaro answered: "I set an example. The crisis is not only due to players’ wages. Definitely, something must be done".
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Afternoon Training In Vinovo

After the Trofeo Berlusconi “gala night”, which, notwithstanding the defeat after penalties, saw the team leaving a good impression, especially Diego, in his first friendly after his debut in the Peace Cup, the bianconeri will be back to work in the afternoon.

The appointment is once again at 18:00hrs, summer schedule, while as from tomorrow until the eve of the match against Chievo the training sessions will be at 10:00hrs.

Chievo will in fact be the first opponent in the championship, which is now round the corner, and which will be played at the Olimpico on Sunday with kick-off set for 20:45hrs.

For the first match of the championship the Juventus coach will not be able to count on Felipe Melo, who is suspended for one match, which suspension he inherited from last season.
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Primavera, Bad Start In The “Tirreno e Sport”

The adventure of the Primavera in the “Tirreno e Sport”, a youths tournament in the Lazio region, started off badly. In the first match of Group C, Bruni’s team lost by 2-1 against Roma. Giuseppe Giovinco scored from a free-kick.

The result complicates the team’s progress in the tournament as they are forced to win the second match, on schedule tomorrow (Tuesday 18th August) against Inter in Bracciano. Only the first in each group and the best runner-up qualify for the semi-finals. Read More......