There's nothing better than some family time, and that's exactly what Juventus is getting this afternoon in Villar Perose with the traditional Juventus family match that has the club's senior squad play the Juve primavera.
Just a few short days after arriving back in Italy, it will be Juve's final match before they travel to Rome to defend their Italian Supercoppa against Lazio next Sunday at the Olimpico. And it will also give us all a chance to see Juventus' new primavera manager, Andrea Zanchetta, for the first time after his squad has taken part in a handful of friendlies this preseason. They've been a little more successful than the big boys who were stateside, but it's not like they were facing any kind of heavyweights in the International Champions Cup, either. (Wait, the senior squad didn't, too. Dammit.)
Want some information about the primavera? Good, here's a few paragraphs from juventus.com because they can say it better than I can.
It will be an all-new Primavera on show tomorrow, not least because of the new faces in the dugout. Recent managerial appointment Andrea Zanchetta has been overseeing the youngsters' preparations for little under a month, and his assistant Fabio Grosso is also a recent arrival.
The side have already faced two pre-season tests in the form of games against Lucento at Brusson and Bra at Vinovo's Chisola, but this will undoubtedly be their biggest challenge so far ahead of their campaign getting underway on Saturday 24 August.
Zanchetta released his list of 25 players who will be involved in the game after the group's training session at Juventus Center this morning. Goalkeepers Leonardo Citti and Emil Audero are absent due to their current involvement with the national youth team, while Christian Tavanti and Federico Mattiello are missing through injury.
In case you're wondering who, exactly, will be part of the primavera squad that takes the field today, here's a link to the 25-man squad list of callups that Zanchetta will have available to him. A lot of new names with some of the top names from last season's primavera team going out on loan to get their first taste of life on the senior level.
And you never know, maybe some youngster will make some big impression and we will be hunting for primavera games on the internet the rest of the season. You never know, guys! You never know!
Juventus B XI: Vannucchi, Bertinetti, Romagna, Garcia Tena, Cifarelli, Emmanuello, Cevallos, Gerbaudo, Donis, Marzouk, Lanini #Villarperosa— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 11, 2013